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A day at the Tour of Mumbai

Racing in India is quite unlike anything the top pros have ever seen before.

MUMBAI, India (VN) – Racing in India is quite unlike anything the top pros have ever seen before.

The sport is in its infancy in India, but nearly everyone sees the unlimited potential of the sport in India’s rapidly-growing economy and its budding middle class. Officials hope to expand the series to three days of racing in 2012 to eventually create India’s first stage race over the next few years.

Two races this weekend broke new ground as Indian cycling saw its first rolling road closure as part of Friday’s first-ever international road stage and a troupe of pros got a taste of “real” India after riding across the open highways of Maharasthra in a symbolic training ride Saturday in what’s cycling’s final frontier.

Here are some photographs from Sunday’s Tour de Mumbai, when Robbie Hunter (RadioShack) out-kicked Elia Viviani (Liquigas-Cannondale) to the win.

Tour of Mumbai 2011: Riders rolled to the start for the Mumbai race from their nearby hotel. Things went smoothly as a police escort shut down traffic to allow the pros to get to the start line along Mumbai's waterfront on time. Last year, JJ Haedo won on a similar course in the first edition of the Tour de Mumbai.
Tour of Mumbai 2011: Riders rolled to the start for the Mumbai race from their nearby hotel. Things went smoothly as a police escort shut down traffic to allow the pros to get to the start line along Mumbai's waterfront on time. Last year, JJ Haedo won on a similar course in the first edition of the Tour de Mumbai.