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CALGARY - Tom Dumoulin smartly navigated jet leg and shook off the effects of higher altitude to dominate the Tour of Alberta prologue Tuesday. [url=http://www.cheapairjordan11freeshipping.com/]Jordan 11 For Sale Cheap Real[/url] . The white cowboy hat gave him a little trouble as he put in on backwards.The 23-year-old from the Netherlands chose an early start number of 26 in the field 118 riders to ease the impact of the eight-hour difference in time zones.After laying down a sub six-minute time in the time trial at Canada Olympic Park, Dumoulin watched and waited for 90 minutes as the rest of the field tried to beat him and failed.It was my own decision and I knew if I had a fast time I needed to wait a long time, the Dutch national time trial champion said. In Holland, its eight hours later, so I decided to start as early. It felt like starting in the middle of the night, so the earlier the better.Dumoulin heads into the first of five stages with a 14-second cushion on prologue runner-up Serghei Tvetcov of Romania. Tom Danielson of the U.S. was 17.01 seconds back in third. Zach Bell of Watson Lake, Yukon, was the top Canadian in eighth.Riders from 19 countries rolled off the start ramp Tuesday. Wednesdays Stage 1 is 143 kilometres of laps in and around Lethbridge. The 734-kilometre race concludes Sunday in Edmonton.Tuesdays four-kilometre prologue was gentle until the last 1.3 km. Cyclists then climbed 100 metres over six switchbacks to a finish line above the sliding track and ski jumps built for the 1988 Winter Olympics.Dumoulin was one of the few who didnt fade in the final push to the finish line. With a time of five minutes 59.70 seconds, the Giant-Shimano team rider was only the man to go under six minutes.The altitude is 1,200 metres and Im coming from sea level, Dumoulin pointed out. You notice the difference, but eventually it didnt make a big difference in the result.I kept some energy for the last hill and it worked out pretty well.Bell of Team Smartstop was 22 seconds behind Dumoulin. The two-time Olympian in track cycling led three Canadians into the top 10 as Christian Meier of Sussex, N.B., was ninth, followed by Ryan Roth of Guelph, Ont., in 10th.This is kind of where I picked up cycling, living in Calgary, so I was pretty familiar with the hill and the course, said Bell, who was a wrestler at the University of Calgary before a switch to cycling.Afternoon showers halted in time to provide dry pavement and a temperature of about 14 degrees at race time.Dennis Rohan of Australia won the inaugural Tour of Alberta champion last year, but he was assigned to the Tour of Spain by BMC Racing and thus didnt return to defend his title.Garmin-Sharp also sent Canadian cycling star Ryder Hesjedal to Spain, but did provide Tour de France stage winner Ramunas Navardauskas of Lithuania and Tour of Utah victor Danielson to Alberta. Navardauskas was 44th in the prologue.Belkins Steven Kruijswijk of the Netherlands, who was 15th in this years Tour de France, was 23rd.Edmontons Ryan Anderson was eighth overall last year to earn the Maple Leaf jersey as the top Canadian. One of 27 Canadians in the field, Anderson was 15th on Tuesday.Theyre riding for $125,000 in prize money and the overall leaders yellow jersey, as well as other jerseys awarded to the top Canadian, best sprinter and climber, top prospect and the biggest move up in each stage.It was a question who would be there after the prologue, Dumoulin said. I will do everything with the team to get this jersey home.Thursdays Stage 2 is a 145-kilometre dash from Innisfail to Red Deer with a two-lap detour around Sylvan Lake. Fridays Stage 3 is 157 kilometres from Wetaskiwin to CFB Edmonton via Fort Saskatchewan. The riders will hit some gravel patches on Saturdays 163k leg from Edmonton into Sherwood Park. 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Spezza scored a power-play goal with 5 minutes left and Stephane Da Costa had the other two goals to lead the Ottawa Senators to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night.MANCHESTER, England - Five-time winner Liverpool and the champions of England and Italy are among the 11 teams competing for five remaining spots in the knockout stage of the Champions League going into the final round of group games.Liverpool has been a let-down on its return to Europes top competition after a five-year absence, but can still qualify as runner-up behind Real Madrid in Group B by beating FC Basel at Anfield on Tuesday.That is one of three direct deciders for places in the last 16, with the most high-profile coming in the Italian capital where Roma hosts English champion Manchester City for second place in Group E on Wednesday.Italian champion Juventus needs a point against already-qualified Atletico Madrid to advance in Group A, Sporting Lisbon or Schalke will join Chelsea in progressing from Group G, while Monaco and Zenit St. Petersburg meet for the right to go through from Group C.First place — and a possibly easier last-16 game — is up for grabs in four of the eight groups while eight teams will drop into the Europa League by finishing in third place.LIVERPOOLS CHALLENGEGiven its record against English clubs in the Champions League, Basel is one of the last teams Liverpool would have wanted to face in a must-win game.Basel has won its last four games against Premier League opposition in the competition — against Liverpool in their second group game in October, home and away against Chelsea last season and at home to Manchester United in 2011 to knock out the then-English champion. Basel has lost just once in nine games against teams from England in the Champions League.Anfield is famous for its atmosphere on big European nights but a trip to Liverpool shouldnt be daunting for the Swiss team.Liverpool produced a string of great performances at home last season on its way to a second-place finish in the Premier League, but its attacking spark has disappeared with the departure of Luis Suarez to Barcelona and an injury to fellow striker Daniel Sturridge.A disappointing ninth in the Premier League, Liverpools only points in the Champions League this season have come against Bulgarian team Ludogorets Razgrad.Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was rested for the 0-0 draw against Sunderland on Saturday, with the Basel game in mind.CITYS PROBLEMSManchester City could be without arguably its best fouur players as it goes to Rome in search of a win the team requires to qualify. [url=http://www.cheapairjordan11freeshipping.com/]Cheap Air Jordan 11 Free Shipping[/url]. Star midfielder Yaya Toure is suspended, top scorer Sergio Aguero is out with a serious-looking knee injury sustained on Saturday, while playmaker David Silva and captain Vincent Kompany are major injury doubts.City is back in form, winning its last five matches in all competitions, but has never won in Italy.Roma is level on points with City and CSKA Moscow, which plays first-place Bayern Munich away. Roma will qualify with a win.REPEAT FOR JUVENTUSJust like last season, Juventus finds itself needing a point to qualify in its final group game. It will be hoping for a different outcome this time.A goal by Wesley Sneijder for Galatasaray eliminated Juventus last year but, 12 months on, Massimiliano Allegris team is at home, where it is unbeaten in nine matches in European competition.The Bianconeri could even snatch first place by winning by a margin of two goals or more. Lose, and Olympiakos will finish second with a win at Malmo due to its head-to-head record against Juve.Wednesdays match against Atletico Madrid is a very important match for the whole Juventus world, captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. Its like a final.SCHALKE OR SPORTINGSchalke coach Roberto Di Matteo needs his team to win and a favour from his former club Chelsea if Germany is to have four representatives in the last 16 for the second straight season.Schalke heads to eliminated Maribor lying two points behind Sporting, which travels to already-qualified Chelsea.Di Matteo, who guided Chelsea to its first Champions League title in 2012, has changed Schalkes formation and the new 3-5-2 system has proved effective. The teams last three matches were all big-scoring wins — 3-2 (Wolfsburg), 4-1 (Mainz), 4-0 (Stuttgart).We are investing a lot of time in the new system, defender Jan Kirchhoff said, and its beginning to pay off,___WINNER TAKES ALLIt is winner takes all when Monaco hosts Zenit — with first place in Group C on offer for either club if Bayer Leverkusen loses at Benfica. Monaco will also qualify with a draw.Real Madrid is the only team with five wins from five games ahead of its home match against Ludogorets in Group B while Barcelona needs to beat Paris Saint-Germain to overhaul the French champions at the top of Group F. 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