The drama was set to unfold but quite a few teams managed to relax during the Tour's second rest day in Pau.
For the Liquigas-Cannondale team, it was a day for massage and to fulfill media commitments. Vincenzo Nibali, currently third on general classifcation and 2:23 in arrears of Bradley Wiggins (Sky) insisted that the battle for the yellow jersey was far from over and he would use the remaining days in Pyrenees to attack.
The team from Vacansoleil-DCM worked on a huge pot of mussels in a bid to cheer themselves up after what has so far been an underwhelming Tour, and there was also time for hijinx and relaxation in the Lotto Belisol camp.
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