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PEDAL POWER The world's best male road racers were surprisingly relaxed and smiling next to Westhampton Lake in the moments before they began their race in September for the UCI world championship. Cycling junkies will recognize the two stars chatting in the foreground, Dutch rider Robert Gesink (in orange) and Belgian Sep Vanmarcke (in blue). And that's Taylor Phinney leaning a bit on the right in the USA jersey. (A shoutout, too, to Pi Beta Phi up on the THC patio.) One hundred and eighty-eight riders from 45 countries started the UCI Elite Men's Road Race on Richmond's cam- pus. No. 179, Slovakia's Peter Sagan, a fan favorite, crossed the finish line first and left Richmond wearing the sport's coveted rainbow jersey. For pre-race sights and sounds from everyone's morning on campus, go to magazine .richmond.edu.

Photograph by Gordon Schmidt

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