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La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
« on: December 29, 2012, 08:45 »
Tis back. In its original time slot, and back with a stronger field than thought before.

First a revisit of the 2012 edition.

And with the wonders of google translate-

Initially, Anthony Charteau did not come to conquer. He wanted to leave that honor to one of his teammates. But the circumstances of the race have decided otherwise.

Eight seconds ahead that Anthony had initially Charteau the last step remained for him a real threat, especially against the will of Eritreans, Moroccans, Algerians Groupement Sportif oil Algeria and South African MTN -Qhubeka. This third straight win Anthony Charteau will certainly be the most difficult and most fierce.

Stage race of the year indeed.

The highlights-

Stage 1- The sprint. The day that Europcar assert their authority on it. Yohann Gene edging out Algerian Abdelmalek Madani GSP and who in turn was ahead of the legend in making, Fabian Schnaidt. Ruslan Tleubayev continued his impressive run of top 10s not amounting to wins starting from March all the way to  June, before going top 10 mad again in Qinghai lake... but I digress. Impressive Eritrean Jani Tewelde was fifth. One of the race favourites, Thomas Voeckler, crashed and lost five minutes, but he was to bite back. Hard.
http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/resultats/resultatsetape1.pdf


Stage 2- The rainforest. David strikes. Passing through the rainforest and with a few climbs towards the sharp end, this was Europcar's time to assert themselves on the GC. Europcar took control of the race early on, but through some voodoo dark magic in the rainforest, Nikita Umerbekov took out stage two. But wait, what's that. Meron Russom leads, the first African leader of la Tropicale. Goliath was on his knees.





Stage 3- Whatsit? Tommy attacks. Tommy pulls away, he's almost reeled in, and he holds on. Thomas Voeckler's done it.

And Obiang leading the Gabonese classification

http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/resultats/resultatsetape3.pdf



Stage 4-Tommy breaks away again, this time with Charteau as Europcar's veteran pair pull away from the comparatively helpless MTN. Tis only a matter of which of them win. But twas an ambush as Tarik Chaoufi holds on to them and outsprints the pair to win the stage. Charteau claimed the lead.


http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/slides/histo/2012/pdf/etape4.pdf



Stage 5-The sprint again, and as ever Ruslan Tleubayev finished second. Yohann Gene won his second of the tour.

http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/resultats/resultatscomplets5.pdf



Stage 6-All aboard the Schnaidtrain! The dawn of the new era, Cavendish who? Fabian Schnaidt arrived to win his first UCI race of the year. Charteau took the overall win, and curtains drawn on la Tropicale 2012.

http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/resultats/resultatscomplets6.pdf

Roll on to 2013....
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  • « Last Edit: January 10, 2013, 00:53 by Dim, Reason: added to calendar »

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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #1 on: December 29, 2012, 08:45 »
    2013 What a start to the year! 2012 was as bad as it could be for an Injun, so I'll take any positive on offer.

    As conclusively proven in 2012, la Tropicale is the breeding ground for the Tour de France legends, and Pierre Rolland has just bolstered his chances of a podium finish in Paris with his wisest of choices to race in Gabon in January



    And arrive we shall. La Tropicale 2013 starts in northern Gabon, in Bitam before heading into Cameroon for the finish. They head over to the Cameroonian capital city of Yaounde next, before heading south into Gabon. Further routes will be written when published. I'm free now, and am actually arsed to write some balls.






    STEP 1 (Monday 14 January) Bitam-Ebolowa, 149km
    8th Bongo Tropical Amissa begins with a first step that leads directly to Cameroon.

    At the beginning of the year, most runners reconnect with the competition and the distance is about 150 km to be taken seriously. The peloton crosses the River Ntem (at km 29), the natural border between Gabon and Cameroon.

    This is a slightly sinuous and undulating proposed competitors in this eighth edition of the Tropical. The road is good on the whole route even if the coating, particularly rough, not only facilitate their task.

    This is a spectacular finale which then waits for riders in Ebolowa before crossing the finish found on a flat floor and straight.




    Step 2 (15 January): Yaounde-Yaounde, 112 km
    First for the Tropicale in the capital of Cameroon. Two circuits, undemanding offered to participants in the center of Yaoundé. In the first part, 9 large towers 8.5 kilometers (Sports Palace / Palais des Congrès) and nine small towers 4 km (Presidential Tribune and Downtown). The profile of these two loops is rather demanding with the exception of Boulevard on May 20, all flat, where the final ranking.




    STEP 3 (16 January): Oyem-Bitam, 110km
    After a morning transfer by plane to Yaounde Oyem, the riders will complete the first few laps in the departure city before heading to Bitam.

    The population of the Province of Woleu-Ntem has always shown great passion for La Tropicale and no doubt that will still be very warm welcome throughout the course.

    A step short and nervous on a twisty terrain conducive to breakaways.




    STEP 4 (Thursday 17 January): Oyem-Mitzic 109km
    A little over ribs and fewer turns than the day on the 4th step through the rainforest. Distance (109 km), rather short, should encourage more aggressive.

    But whatever the scenario of the day, victory can not escape a strong man. The arrival Mitzic is considered the top of a long straight line of 600 m in a rise quite demanding!




    STEP 5 (Friday January 18): Lambaréné-Mouila, 189km
    Illustrates this step alone, the intensive development of the road network Gabonese.

    After Fougamou in 2012, Bongo Tropical Amissa extends the road to Mouila. The charming Prefecture Province Ngounié welcome the caravan after a day of 189 km, the longest distance in the history of the event.

    If the first part of the course is hilly to Fougamou, runners then evolve a real "pool" straight and flat to the gates of Mouila. After crossing the city and its many neighborhoods, the best will do battle on a straight boulevard and 1.3 km long. Ideal if sprint!




    STEP 6 (Saturday January 19): Lambaréné-Kango, 147km
    A step "Classic" in the Provinces of Middle Ogooué and Estuary, on land known riders and the caravan of Tropical.

    Some difficulties of the day are in the first part of the race. On the eve of "final" in Libreville, this step still fast and lively, never smiled attackers! The sprint "traditional" Will he avoided this year?



    STEP 7 (Sunday January 20): Owendo-Libreville, 128km circuit

    The first loop of 50 km of this final stage will take the peloton juqu'au Friendship Stadium Cino-Gabon.

    Then the participants will do battle on a circuit completely new 6.6 km to go 12 times. No doubt crossing neighborhoods and the relief of this track will make the final very attractive. And the last hour of the race could well make the verdict of the 8th Tropical Amissa Bongo.




    Past winners-
    YearNameTeam
    2006Jussi Veikkanen (FIN)Française des Jeux
    2007Frédéric Guesdon (FRA)Française des Jeux
    2008Lilian Jégou (FRA)Française des Jeux
    2009Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA)Française des Jeux
    2010Anthony Charteau (FRA)Bbox Bouygues Telecom
    2011Anthony Charteau (FRA)Team Europcar
    2012Anthony Charteau (FRA)Team Europcar
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  • « Last Edit: January 07, 2013, 19:03 by ram »

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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #2 on: December 29, 2012, 08:53 »
    Any self respecting preview writer has to have with him his most trusted steed, and I give thee- google translate.

    THE AFRICAN NATIONAL SELECTIONS

    *er ERITREA: The national team featured the African continent will be very expected on the roads in Gabon. If any part of the country's best riders went professional in MTN-Qhubeka, the succession is already provided including the pure climber of 21 years, and especially Okbamariam Tesfom revelation this season the young Merhawi Kudus (18).

    Tesfom Okbamariam
    Meron Teshom
    Meron Amanuel
    Kudus Merhawi
    Tesfay Abraha
    Bereket Yemane


    *bf BURKINA FASO In the land of upright people, cycling is king. With perseverance and dedication Burkina runners show a good consistency. We will closely monitor the sprinter Rasmané Ouedraogo return to France where he would team Hyeres on the Cote d'Azur. He has won the Tour du Faso.

    Rasmané Ouedraogo
    Salfo Bikienga
    Abdoul Aziz Nikiema
    Hamidou Yameogo
    Noufou Minougou
    Harouna Ilboudo


    *cm CAMEROON With an incursion in Cameroon we imagine that his riders have at heart to shine in front of their audience, starting with Yves Ngue Ngock is the flagship current cycling Cameroon.

    Damien Tekou
    Clovis Kamzong
    Raoul Mba
    Clovis Guewa
    Yannick Lontsi
    Yves Ngue Ngock

    *ci COTE D'IVOIRE We will closely monitor the behavior of young Issiaka Cissé resident World Center Drive UCI in Aigle, Switzerland.

    Issiaka Cissé
    Issiaka Fofana
    Bolodigui Ouattara
    Mongonlon Touré
    Bassirou Konte
    Amadou Lengani
    Google dislikes Cisse, almost seems delinquent.


    *et ETHIOPIA It is the national team who knows the most dazzling development for three years. Atsbha with Getachew, Tedros Redae Kahsay Afewerki and they have strong arguments to reach new levels of professional face on the road to Gabon.

    Getacchew Atsbha
    Tedros Redae
    Binyam Bekele
    Kahsay Afewerki
    Alem Abebe
    Estifanos Gebresilassie


    *ga GABON The home team! Gabon's Frédéric Obiang champion will once again be the national attraction but it will at his side as ambitious runners and Gaël Nzoughe Gislain Ndong.

    Frédéric Obiang
    Charles Anguilet
    Ephrem Ekobena
    Ghislain Ndong
    Leris Moukagni
    Cédric Tchouta


    *ke KENYA Runners highlands a comeback with the emergence of new talents like John Njoroge Muya third of the recent Tour of Rwanda.

    Samwel Mwangi
    Njoroge John Muya
    Suleiman Kangangi
    Samwel Ekiru
    Paul Agorir
    Benjamin Kipchumba


    *ma MOROCCO It is no longer the runners the United Chérifien present for many years in the top rankings of the African races. Adil Jelloul is as usual the undisputed leader. He will be joined in a Moroccan national team still fearful of young hopeful Soufiane Haddi.

    Adil Jelloul
    Ismail Ayoune
    Soufiane Haddi
    Aadel Reda
    Essaid Abelouache
    Anass Aït el Abdia


    *rw RWANDA Riders of the country of a thousand hills continue their progression and the discovery of new talents. Around the oldest Nathan Byukusenge expected to see the new generation with Uwizeyimana Bonaventure and Jean Bosco Nsengiyumva and especially the young prodigy, who will Valens Ndayisenga just 19 years old at the start of the 2013 Tropical.

    Nathan Byukusenge
    Hassan Rukundo
    Bonaventure Uwizeyimana
    Jean Bosco Nsengiyumva
    Valens Ndayisenga
    Jeremie Karegeya


    SIX TEAMS WORK (supposed to read, six professional teams)

    #europcar TEAM EUROPCAR Pierre Rolland best French past two Tours de France where he won two stages, will be the headliner of the French team alongside triple winner of the event, Anthony Charteau. They will hope to young professors Eritrean Natnael Berhanequi run his first professional race at the time of the Tropical Amissa Bongo.

    Pierre Rolland (Fra)
    Anthony Charteau (Fra)
    Christophe Kern (Fra)
    Natnael Berhane (Ery)
    Yohan Gene (Fra)
    Morgan Lamoisson (Fra)
    Legends


    #cofidis COFIDIS The second edition of the French team of the 2103 Tropical returns to Gabon after two years of absence, with very big ambitions. It will be led by sprinter Adrien Petit, vice-world champion hopes on road but also by the Belgian Jan Ghyselinck winner of the Tour of Flanders and the Spanish hopes Egoitz Garcia who won the tough stage race Paris-Corrèze.

    Adrien Petit (Fra)
    Arnaud Labbe (Fra)
    Jan Ghyselinck (Bel)
    Romain Zingle (Bel)
    Egoitz Garcia (Esp)
    Edwig Cammaerts (Bel)


    #lampre LAMPRE-MERIDA Italians make their first appearance on the African continent during the Tropicale 2013. They come with serious arguments to do well on the road with Gabonese Matteo Bono stage winner on the Tour of Benelux, Tirreno-Adriatico and the Tour de Romandie, all the events counting towards the World Tour Pro-Tour. Mattia Cattaneo who won the Giro d'Italia hopes will also make the trip.

    Matteo Bono (Ita)
    Mattia Cattaneo (Ita)
    Doddi Luca (Ita)
    Massimo Graziato (Ita)
    Andrea Palini (Ita)
    Wackermann Luca (Ita)
    Who?

    #lotto13 LOTTO-Belisol After QuickStep two years ago, is the team that will represent Lotto Belgium this time. It is the oldest team of the professional peloton this world for almost 30 years! In its ranks, you will find during the week Gabonese Gaëtan Ball winner of the classic Belgian Grand Prix Pino Cerami but also the dreaded Spanish sprinter Vicente Reynes winner of Paris-Nice stage and second stage of the Tour of Spain. The Belgian team also engaged a runner who is already familiar with the Tropicale Frédérique Robert second step Ebolowa in 2011.

    Gaëtan Ball (Bel)
    Gert Dockx (Bel)
    Maarten Neyens (Bel)
    Vicente Reynes (ESP)
    Frederique Robert (Bel)


    #mtn2013 MTN-Qhubeka The South African team in 2013 will be the first team from Africa to access the second international division (called Professional Continental). It will include the dolphin Anthony Charteau in 2012, Meron Russom Eritrean who finished second to 8 seconds of the French but also the excellent Ethiopian Tsgabu Grmay wheeler.

    Jim Songezo (Afs)
    Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Afs)
    Jani Tewelde (Ery)
    Meron Russom (Ery)
    Louis Meintjes (Afs)
    Tsagbu Grmay (Eth)
    Lock it in Louis Meintjes


    #algeriaoil SPORTS OIL GROUP ALGERIA In 2012, the Algerian team was one of the most combative of Tropical Amissa Bongo. We will again in January delivery Azzadine Lagab which demonstrated a great sense of offensive and entertainment.

    Azzadine Lagab
    Abdelbaset Hannachi
    Boualem Belmoukhtar
    Abdelmalek Madani
    Abdellah Ben Youcef
    Abdelkader Belmoukhtar


    Disclaimer- factual errors and murderation of grammar is the responsibility of the official website and google respectively.
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  • « Last Edit: January 07, 2013, 18:59 by ram »

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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #3 on: December 29, 2012, 09:34 »
    And there will be a further dossier of rules and jerseys coming up

    Jerseys:


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  • « Last Edit: January 03, 2013, 18:40 by Dim »

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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #4 on: December 29, 2012, 10:47 »
    really excited about this race, some young euros, more young africans, and a young african riding for a Euro team.  Berhane was a lock for my CQ team until he won the African Champs.
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #5 on: December 29, 2012, 11:02 »
    Aye, should be a good one. Wonder what Berhane's role will be, I'm thinking he'll be there to support a Rolland or Charteau, but got no idea really. Also like me a bit of the Algerians, Lagab and Hanachi should be good as usual.

    The race does miss Chaoufi though (is it Euskaltel he signed with?).
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #6 on: December 29, 2012, 12:34 »
    really excited about this race, some young euros, more young africans, and a young african riding for a Euro team.  Berhane was a lock for my CQ team until he won the African Champs.

    Same here.

    btw: no FDJ?
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    Re: La Tropicale Amissa Bongo 2013, 14-20 January
    « Reply #7 on: December 29, 2012, 12:48 »
    No Francaise de Jeux unless there's a last minute change.
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    Teams and routes updated. Flat race.
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    And they're off...
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    how we following this ? twitter ?
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    Only was AFAIK, which is sh*t as I'd much rather a live ticker. Might be some small telecast on Canal+ somewhere in the world, will be some tv5 monde Afrique highlights post stage everyday.
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    yep, there are highlights on Canal+ Afrique and TV5Monde every day

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    1e étape – Lundi 14 janvier 22h40
    2e étape – Mardi 15 janvier 21h55
    3e étape – Mercredi 16 janvier 22h05
    4e étape – Jeudi 17 janvier 22h20
    5e étape – Vendredi 18 janvier 21h50
    6e étape – Samedi 19 janvier 21h35
    7e étape – Dimanche 20 janvier 22h15

    TV5Monde:

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    1e étape – 00:05-00:10
    2e étape – 00:00-00:05
    3e étape – 23:58-00:03
    4e étape – 23:58-00:04
    5e étape – 23:58-00:03
    6e étape – 23:55-23:59
    7e étape – 23:55-00:00

    TV5Monde should be available free all over Europe via cable and sat. But the schedule is different for every country, it will be broadcasted on TV5 Monde Germany for example but not on TV5Monde Europe - and funnily enough the only thing I receive via cable in germany is TV5Monde Europe...
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    Frédérique Robert (Lotto-Belisol) wins stage 1 of Tropicale Amissa Bongo, via @TeamMTNQhubeka
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    TV5 Monde Afrique upload their videos onto their website.

    Frederique Robert wins stage 1
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    Belgian Frederique Robert (Lotto-Belisol) wins the first stage between Bitam and Ebolowa. He outsprinted Yohann Gene (Europcar), Andrea Palini (Lampre), Massimo Graziato (Lampre) and Adrien Petit (Cofidis)
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    Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida) wins Stage 2 of the Tropicale Amissa Bongo and takes the yellow jersey, via @tropicale2013
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    Result / Stage 2:

    • #lampre Andrea Palini
    • #lotto13 Vicente Reynes
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    This edition is going to be a dry run for African teams. The hills in the rainforest stage played its part last year.
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    Aceness, the stage 1 Gazzette
    http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/gazette/gazette2013_1.pdf

    Will get to the video bit in a short while
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    La Tropicale has a live ticker this year.....





    Frederique Robert took third in stage 5 of the 2011 Tropicale when he was a Quickstep rider.

    Yves Ngue Ngock was in the breakaway.

    For the first time in la Tropicale, the climber's jersey was worn by a Gabonese rider. Ephrem Ekobena was in the breakaway on day one and took 8 points.

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    "We do not ask us to go for the moon, but to give the best of ourselves. And now God has allowed me to win this beautiful tunic. I must say that my escape was a bold stroke, but staff as a team. It was a Gabonese today or in the break and I gave the first attack of the day. Ghislain then left, then Frederick. If it did not, when two parties are pros, I started. I still regret that my teammates were not able to escape work for a relay with me. I thought for the Burkinabe who gave the best of himself. But we knew that it would return all costs. The key for me was to get this jersey


    Position Number Code Name Team Country Time Bonus
    1 66 BEL19890125 ROBERT Frédérique LOTTO BELISOL BEL 03:49:47 10
    2 3 FRA19810625 GENE Yohann TEAM EUROPCAR FRA 03:49:47 6
    3 44 ITA19890616 PALINI Andrea Francesco LAMPRE - MERIDA ITA 03:49:47 4
    4 43 ITA19880925 GRAZIATO Massimo LAMPRE - MERIDA ITA 03:49:47
    5 81 FRA19900926 PETIT Adrien COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDIT FRA 03:49:47
    6 26 ERI19901001 TEWELDE WELDEGABIR Jani MTN - QHUBEKA ERI 03:49:47
    7 91 ERI19900610 AMANUEL Meron ERYTHREE ERI 03:49:47
    8 105 ALG19850202 HANNACHI Abdelbaset GSP ALGERIE ALG 03:49:47
    9 95 ERI19910228 OKUBAMARIAM Tesfom ERYTHREE ERI 03:49:47
    10 21 ERI19870312 RUSSOM Meron MTN - QHUBEKA ERI 03:49:47
    http://www.tropicaleamissabongo.com/resultats/resultatsetape1.pdf

    Soufiane Haddi led the intermediate points classifications after stage 1.

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    Are they the one minute videos that they post? They've made them public this year? Wasn't accessible last year unless the full link was available. Highlights also in the tv5monderplus link above. Just scratch around in the categories there, it'll be there.
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    A disappointing opening day at La Tropicale's host town of Bitam. Interest was at a minimum and not many, apart from the nicely painted posters, bothered turning up.



    Break of 16 away including Charteau and Jacques.
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    Jacques attack! Charteau also in it. Main bunch fliped at 1:30 behind with 5 km to go

    This is from yesterday, but still


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    Stage 3: Gert Dockx (Lotto-Belisol) wins behind Hannachi (2nd), Bille (3rd), Haddi (4th), Kudus (5th)

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    Hannachi's grouse though
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    Gert Dockx (Lotto-Belisol) wins Stage 3 of the Tropical Amisse Bongo via @tropicale2013
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    That's amazing. He's barely out of the junior ranks. Awesome talent.
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    Yeah, awesome from him. What's he, 18 or so?

    Should be at least top 5 (should be better) in the GC too.
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