Gallery: Tour de France press conferences

Schleck, Contador and Belkin meet the media in Corsica

With the Tour de France less than 48 hours away teams competing in this year’s race have begun their ritual pre-race press conferences in earnest.

As the start of this year’s race takes place in Corisca, a ferry has been transformed into a makeshift press centre for the race’s press corp. First up on Thursday were the Belkin team with Bauke Mollema and Robert Gesink fielding questions over leadership and Tour aims.

Next up were Alberto Contador and Andy Schleck both of whom come into this year’s race with different points to prove.

More teams, including Sky and Omega Pharma QuickStep will hold press conferences throughout the day.

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