An elite field has gathered for the third World Tour race of the season, Tirreno-Adriatico.
German Jens Voigt, the oldest rider, made light of the wet to clinch the fourth stage of the USA Pro Challenge by nearly three minutes.
Mark Cavendish reminded the world of his sprinting skills with a perfectly executed win ahead of Matt Goss in stage 18 of the Tour.
The fabled yellow jersey, or maillot jaune, is worn by the rider leading the GC every day during the Tour de France.
The polka dot jersey will be awarded to the best rider in the mountains on this year's Tour de France.
Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) enjoyed arguably the biggest win of his career as he won the queen stage of the Tour de Luxembourg.
Andre Greipel won a second successive stage in the Tour of Luxembourg when beating Ben Swift into second and Jurgen Roelandts into third.
Preparations for this year's Grand Tours continue in earnest on Tuesday with the start of the prestigious Tour of Romandie.
Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) won stage two of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon and took the overall lead of the race.
Belgian Gianni Meersman of the Lotto-Belisol team won the fourth stage of the Paris-Nice race, a 178-km ride from Brive la Gaillarde.
Cadel Evans will defend his Tirreno-Adriatico title as he seeks to gain form and fitness ahead of the Tour de France.
Gianni Meersman (Lotto Belisol) outkicked Greg van Avermaet (BMC) in a sprint finish to take the opening stage of the Volta ao Algarve.
RadioShack-Nissan-Trek have completed their roster for the upcoming 2012 season after the team had their WorldTour status confirmed.
The Schleck brothers' Leopard-Trek team have confirmed that they will merge with RadioShack at the end of the season.
Andreas Kloden and Jani Brajkovic are in the Vuelta a Espana line-up for RadioShack, but Levi Leipheimer will stay in the US.
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