Felix Lowe rounds up a busy week of early-season activity for Tour de France hopefuls.
Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won the final stage of the Tour of Oman as Chris Froome claimed the GC title.
Mark Cavendish claimed his first stage win of the 2014 season at the conclusion of the Tour of Algarve.
Andre Greipel muscled his way to victory on stage four of the Tour Down Under as Cadel Evans held onto his overall lead.
Cadel Evans (BMC) claimed the overall lead in the Tour Down Under after soloing to victory on stage three.
Diego Ulissi won stage two of the Tour Down Under while Simon Gerrans increased his overall lead at the opening World Tour race of the year.
Vuelta winner Chris Horner appears to have finally lucked out with Lampre, while Tinkoff-Saxo's owner hatches a plot to snare the best.
Team Europcar were named among the 18 World Tour teams confirmed for 2014.
This week's sideways glance at the news includes a life-time ban for Danilo Di Luca, the return of Oleg Tinkov and a new team for Juan Jose Cobo...
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