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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain holds a Spanish flag as he takes his lap of honour around the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning the 96th Tour de France cycling race July 26, 2009. 



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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain holds a Spanish flag as he takes his lap of honour around the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning the 96th Tour de France cycling race July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain holds a Spanish flag as he takes his lap of honour around the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning the 96th Tour de France cycling race July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>A woman ironing clothes watches the pack of riders passing by her house during the 20th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montelimar and Mont Ventoux, July 25, 2009. 



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A woman ironing clothes watches the pack of riders passing by her house during the 20th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montelimar and Mont Ventoux, July 25, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A woman ironing clothes watches the pack of riders passing by her house during the 20th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montelimar and Mont Ventoux, July 25, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Spectators cheer Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain as he cycles during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy, July 23, 2009.


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Spectators cheer Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain as he cycles during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy, July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel more

Spectators cheer Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain as he cycles during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy, July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycles past a cow during the 19th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourgoin-Jailleu and Aubenas, July 24, 2009. 



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The pack of riders cycles past a cow during the 19th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourgoin-Jailleu and Aubenas, July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles past a cow during the 19th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourgoin-Jailleu and Aubenas, July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) cycles past the Notre Dame Cathedral with the pack of riders during the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. 


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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) cycles past the Notre Dame Cathedral with the pack of riders during the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26,...more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) cycles past the Notre Dame Cathedral with the pack of riders during the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>A spectator cheers Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain as he cycles during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy, July 23, 2009. 



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A spectator cheers Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain as he cycles during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy, July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel more

A spectator cheers Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain as he cycles during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy, July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. 



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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009....more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain celebrates his overall victory on the podium after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. cycles by the shore of the Annecy lake during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy July 23, 2009. 



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Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. cycles by the shore of the Annecy lake during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. cycles by the shore of the Annecy lake during the individual time trial in the 18th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race in Annecy July 23, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The pack of riders cycles past fields of wheat during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009.    REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The pack of riders cycles past fields of wheat during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles past fields of wheat during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) celebrates his overall victory on the podium next to teammate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. 


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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) celebrates his overall victory on the podium next to teammate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between...more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) celebrates his overall victory on the podium next to teammate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Bernard Papon/Pool

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain holds a Spanish flag as he takes his lap of honour around the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning the 96th Tour de France cycling race July 26, 2009. 



REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel </p>

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain holds a Spanish flag as he takes his lap of honour around the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning the 96th Tour de France cycling race July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain holds a Spanish flag as he takes his lap of honour around the Champs Elysees in Paris after winning the 96th Tour de France cycling race July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) and teammate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. celebrate on the podium after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. 



REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) and teammate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. celebrate on the podium after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26,...more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (L) and teammate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. celebrate on the podium after the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Children cheer the pack of riders during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009.    REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

Children cheer the pack of riders during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Children cheer the pack of riders during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (2nd L) cycles on the Champs Elysees with the pack of riders during the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. 


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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (2nd L) cycles on the Champs Elysees with the pack of riders during the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009....more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (2nd L) cycles on the Champs Elysees with the pack of riders during the final 21st stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Montereau-Fault-Yonne and Paris July 26, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The peloton rides through a tunnel during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The peloton rides through a tunnel during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The peloton rides through a tunnel during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Astana riders cycle in the Alps mountains during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel </p>

Astana riders cycle in the Alps mountains during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Astana riders cycle in the Alps mountains during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (R) cycles with team mate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. 



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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (R) cycles with team mate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009....more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (R) cycles with team mate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>A spectator with his Saint-Bernard dog cheers Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (2ndR) and team mate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (L) during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. 



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A spectator with his Saint-Bernard dog cheers Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (2ndR) and team mate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (L) during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and...more

A spectator with his Saint-Bernard dog cheers Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey Alberto Contador of Spain (2ndR) and team mate Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (L) during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Girls in swimsuits cheer the pack of riders in Nice during the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles, July 5, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

Girls in swimsuits cheer the pack of riders in Nice during the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Girls in swimsuits cheer the pack of riders in Nice during the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Team Saxo Bank rider Jens Voigt of Germany lies on the ground after a fall during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. 



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Team Saxo Bank rider Jens Voigt of Germany lies on the ground after a fall during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Team Saxo Bank rider Jens Voigt of Germany lies on the ground after a fall during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The peloton rides past sunflowers during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The peloton rides past sunflowers during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The peloton rides past sunflowers during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles in the Alps mountains during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. 



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The pack of riders cycles in the Alps mountains during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles in the Alps mountains during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (C) cycles with riders during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009.



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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (C) cycles with riders during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (C) cycles with riders during the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Mikel Astarloza of Spain celebrates as he wins the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. 



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Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Mikel Astarloza of Spain celebrates as he wins the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

Euskaltel-Euskadi rider Mikel Astarloza of Spain celebrates as he wins the 16th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Martigny and Bourg Saint Maurice, July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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<p>The pack of riders cycles during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

The pack of riders cycles during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The pack of riders cycles during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The peloton rides past during the ninth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Saint Gaudens and Tarbes, July 12, 2009.    REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The peloton rides past during the ninth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Saint Gaudens and Tarbes, July 12, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The peloton rides past during the ninth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Saint Gaudens and Tarbes, July 12, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>French gendarmes divert the riders after a crash during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. A woman (in red on the road) crossing the road was killed when she was hit by a police motorcycle assisting riders. REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

French gendarmes divert the riders after a crash during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. A woman (in red on the road) crossing the road was killed when she was hit by a police...more

French gendarmes divert the riders after a crash during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. A woman (in red on the road) crossing the road was killed when she was hit by a police motorcycle assisting riders. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Astana rider Alberto Contador of Spain (R) looks back as he breaks away from Team Saxo Bank rider Frank Schleck of Luxembourg, Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. And other riders during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. 
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Astana rider Alberto Contador of Spain (R) looks back as he breaks away from Team Saxo Bank rider Frank Schleck of Luxembourg, Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. And other riders during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race...more

Astana rider Alberto Contador of Spain (R) looks back as he breaks away from Team Saxo Bank rider Frank Schleck of Luxembourg, Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. And other riders during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bernard Papon/Pool

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<p>Team Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (R) cycles with his brother and team mate Frank Schleck (C) during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel </p>

Team Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (R) cycles with his brother and team mate Frank Schleck (C) during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Team Saxo Bank rider Andy Schleck of Luxembourg (R) cycles with his brother and team mate Frank Schleck (C) during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Spectators wave a French flag as the pack of riders cycles during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009.    REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

Spectators wave a French flag as the pack of riders cycles during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Spectators wave a French flag as the pack of riders cycles during the 12th stage of the 96th Tour de France between Tonnerre and Vittel, July 16, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The peloton rides during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The peloton rides during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The peloton rides during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The peloton rides during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009.    REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

The peloton rides during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The peloton rides during the eleventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Vatan and Saint Fargeau, July 15, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The pack of riders cycles past a folkloric band during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009.   REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The pack of riders cycles past a folkloric band during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles past a folkloric band during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycle past cornfields during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

The pack of riders cycle past cornfields during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The pack of riders cycle past cornfields during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The pack of riders cycles past a horseman during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

The pack of riders cycles past a horseman during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles past a horseman during the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon, July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Spectators cheer the pack of riders during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009.   REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

Spectators cheer the pack of riders during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Spectators cheer the pack of riders during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycles in the old city of Colmar after the start of the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

The pack of riders cycles in the old city of Colmar after the start of the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles in the old city of Colmar after the start of the 14th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Colmar and Besancon July 18, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles past sunflowers during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009.    REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The pack of riders cycles past sunflowers during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles past sunflowers during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel </p>

Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycles over a bridge during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The pack of riders cycles over a bridge during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles over a bridge during the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte, July 6, 2009.    REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The pack of riders cycles during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte, July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte, July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the eighth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Andorre la Vieille and Saint Girons July 11, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the eighth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Andorre la Vieille and Saint Girons July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles in the Pyrenees mountains during the eighth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Andorre la Vieille and Saint Girons July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (R) awaits the start of the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (R) awaits the start of the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (R) awaits the start of the tenth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Limoges and Issoudun, July 14, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles over a bridge during the eighth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Andorre la Vieille and Saint Girons July 11, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The pack of riders cycles over a bridge during the eighth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Andorre la Vieille and Saint Girons July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles over a bridge during the eighth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Andorre la Vieille and Saint Girons July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The peloton rides into a tunnel during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The peloton rides into a tunnel during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The peloton rides into a tunnel during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

The pack of riders cycles during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The pack of riders cycles during the 15th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Pontarlier and Verbier, July 19, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara (L) of Switzerland, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, cycles with the pack of riders during the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles July 5, 2009.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara (L) of Switzerland, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, cycles with the pack of riders during the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard more

Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara (L) of Switzerland, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, cycles with the pack of riders during the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard </p>

The pack of riders cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The pack of riders cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The pack of riders cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles under heavy rain during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>The peloton rides during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009.     REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The peloton rides during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The peloton rides during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycles in Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignolles, July 5, 2009.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

The pack of riders cycles in Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignolles, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

The pack of riders cycles in Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignolles, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The peloton rides during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009.   REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

The peloton rides during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The peloton rides during the seventh stage of the 96th Tour de France between Barcelona and Andorre Arcalis, July 10, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The pack of riders cycles during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel </p>

The pack of riders cycles during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

The pack of riders cycles during the 13th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Vittel and Colmar, July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>The peloton rides past during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France at Cristobal Colon statue in Barcelona July 9, 2009.    REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino</p>

The peloton rides past during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France at Cristobal Colon statue in Barcelona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

The peloton rides past during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France at Cristobal Colon statue in Barcelona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

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<p>Supporters cheer Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (L) during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona July 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

Supporters cheer Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (L) during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Supporters cheer Astana rider Lance Armstrong of the U.S. (L) during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The pack of riders, including Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland (wearing ellow jersey), cycle past sunflowers during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona July 9, 2009.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

The pack of riders, including Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland (wearing ellow jersey), cycle past sunflowers during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau more

The pack of riders, including Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland (wearing ellow jersey), cycle past sunflowers during the sixth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Gerona and Barcelona July 9, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The peloton rides during the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan, July 8, 2009.     REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The peloton rides during the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan, July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The peloton rides during the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan, July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Competitors cycle during the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan July 8, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

Competitors cycle during the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Competitors cycle during the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>A team mechanic prepares bicycles on the top of a team car before the start of the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan, July 8, 2009.    REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

A team mechanic prepares bicycles on the top of a team car before the start of the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan, July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A team mechanic prepares bicycles on the top of a team car before the start of the fifth stage of the 96th Tour de France between Le Cap d'Agde and Perpignan, July 8, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Spectators dressed as Santa Claus cheer riders during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009.   REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel</p>

Spectators dressed as Santa Claus cheer riders during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

Spectators dressed as Santa Claus cheer riders during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel

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<p>Riders cycle past vineyards during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau </p>

Riders cycle past vineyards during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Riders cycle past vineyards during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Riders cycles past train tracks during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009.    REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

Riders cycles past train tracks during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Riders cycles past train tracks during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>Riders cycle during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau</p>

Riders cycle during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Riders cycle during the third stage of the 96th Tour de France between Marseille and La Grande-Motte July 6, 2009. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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<p>The pack of riders cycles in the streets of Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignolles, July 5, 2009.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

The pack of riders cycles in the streets of Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignolles, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

The pack of riders cycles in the streets of Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignolles, July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara (L) of Switzerland, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, leads the pack of riders as they cycle in Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles July 5, 2009.   REUTERS/Eric Gaillard</p>

Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara (L) of Switzerland, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, leads the pack of riders as they cycle in Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles July 5, 2009. ...more

Team Saxo Bank rider Fabian Cancellara (L) of Switzerland, wearing the leader's yellow jersey, leads the pack of riders as they cycle in Monaco after the start of the second stage of the 96th Tour de France between Monaco and Brignoles July 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Astana rider Alberto Contador of Spain wearing the leader's yellow jersey (L) cycles during the 17th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourg Saint Maurice and Le Grand Bornand, July 22, 2009. 



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Astana rider Alberto Contador of Spain wearing the leader's yellow jersey (L) cycles during the 17th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourg Saint Maurice and Le Grand Bornand, July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

Astana rider Alberto Contador of Spain wearing the leader's yellow jersey (L) cycles during the 17th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourg Saint Maurice and Le Grand Bornand, July 22, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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<p>Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (R) cycles with the pack of riders during the 19th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourgoin-Jailleu and Aubenas, July 24, 2009. 



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Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (R) cycles with the pack of riders during the 19th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourgoin-Jailleu and Aubenas, July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard more

Astana rider and leader's yellow jersey holder Alberto Contador of Spain (R) cycles with the pack of riders during the 19th stage of the 96th Tour de France cycling race between Bourgoin-Jailleu and Aubenas, July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

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