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Gallery: the slopes of Luz-Ardiden

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Voeckler fought hard and held on to another day in yellow

Voeckler fought hard and held on to another day in yellow
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Orange and green, amidst an overcast sky.

Orange and green, amidst an overcast sky.
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The flag of the Basque country.

The flag of the Basque country.
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Geraint Thomas (Sky) rode impressively but was caught ebfore the finish.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) rode impressively but was caught ebfore the finish.
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Basso asks Evans to come through for another pull on the climb to the line.

Basso asks Evans to come through for another pull on the climb to the line.
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Voeckler ahead of Contador and Andy Schleck on the final climb.

Voeckler ahead of Contador and Andy Schleck on the final climb.
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Some polka-dot clad Aussies.

Some polka-dot clad Aussies.
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BMC rider Cadel Evans leads yellow jersey Voeckler in the final few kilometres.the

BMC rider Cadel Evans leads yellow jersey Voeckler in the final few kilometres.the
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Frank Schleck attempts to chase down Sanchez and Vanandert

Frank Schleck attempts to chase down Sanchez and Vanandert
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Sanchez and Vanandert surrounded by the orange clad Euskadi fans.

Sanchez and Vanandert surrounded by the orange clad Euskadi fans.
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Vanandert leads Sanchez on Luz-Ardiden.

Vanandert leads Sanchez on Luz-Ardiden.
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The view down the mountain.

The view down the mountain.
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Sanchez ahd plenty of support on Luz-Ardiden.

Sanchez ahd plenty of support on Luz-Ardiden.
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The Lampre car through the lens of an HTC phone.

The Lampre car through the lens of an HTC phone.
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Sanchez on the climb to Luz Ardiden.

Sanchez on the climb to Luz Ardiden.
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The Tour de France entered the Pyrenees on Thursday and the people of the Basque country were out in force to support their pseudo-national team, Euskaltel-Euskadi. At times the crowd around Samuel Sanchez on Luz-Ardiden was five and six deep as he made the ascent of the Pyrenean mountain. Perhaps knowing a win was in the offing, Sanchez seemed to feed off the atmosphere and put in a momentous ride.

Cyclingnews has put together a gallery of a day of photography on the slopes of Luz-Ardiden. The crowds, the switchbacks, the battles, and a desperate ride from maillot jaune Thomas Voeckler made it a memorable day of racing, and a fitting first day in the mountains.