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Barack Obama shakes hands with US Secret Service agent Julia Pierson after she is sworn in as the first woman Director of the Secret Service

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Bradley Wiggins' last-gasp attack in the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya propelled him into second spot in the overall classification, four seconds behind the new leader Alejandro Valverde.

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