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At the start of stage two of the Tour of California

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Garmin-Transitions' Steven Cozza signs autographs

Garmin-Transitions' Steven Cozza signs autographs
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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The RadioShack team rig was a popular place for fans to catch a glimpse of the team's stars.

The RadioShack team rig was a popular place for fans to catch a glimpse of the team's stars.
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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National Champion George Hincapie (BMC) is always a popular interviewee.

National Champion George Hincapie (BMC) is always a popular interviewee.
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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Saxo Bank's Jens Voigt signs autographs.

Saxo Bank's Jens Voigt signs autographs.
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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Young fans enjoy the chance to meet the racers.

Young fans enjoy the chance to meet the racers.
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HTC-Columbia rider Michael Rogers meets his fans.

HTC-Columbia rider Michael Rogers meets his fans.
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Tom Boonen (Quick Step) gets interviewed.

Tom Boonen (Quick Step) gets interviewed.
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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Scars on the legs of rider Tom Boonen (BMC)

Scars on the legs of rider Tom Boonen (BMC)
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United Healthcare rider Marc de Maar, who was in yesterday's break, talks to young fans.

United Healthcare rider Marc de Maar, who was in yesterday's break, talks to young fans.
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) is hoping for another Tour of California overall win this year.

Levi Leipheimer (RadioShack) is hoping for another Tour of California overall win this year.
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A Saxo Bank rider gives fans some attention.

A Saxo Bank rider gives fans some attention.
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BMC's Alexander Kristoff finished third in stage 1 yesterday.

BMC's Alexander Kristoff finished third in stage 1 yesterday.
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Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare) signs autographs.

Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare) signs autographs.
(Image credit: Kirsten Frattini)
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HTC-Columbia staff discuss the plan for the day.

HTC-Columbia staff discuss the plan for the day.
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The two HTC-Columbia team directors, Rolf Aldag and Brian Holms

The two HTC-Columbia team directors, Rolf Aldag and Brian Holms
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Quick Step bikes all lined up and ready for stage 2

Quick Step bikes all lined up and ready for stage 2
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Jelly Belly bikes in front of a cheerfully painted team rig.

Jelly Belly bikes in front of a cheerfully painted team rig.
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United Healthcare rider Brad White poses next to the photo of his teammates.

United Healthcare rider Brad White poses next to the photo of his teammates.
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Davide Frattini (Team Type 1) grabs his bike and heads to the start.

Davide Frattini (Team Type 1) grabs his bike and heads to the start.
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A Garmin-Transitions rider is interviewed before the start.

A Garmin-Transitions rider is interviewed before the start.
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A patriotic Amgen Tour of California fan

A patriotic Amgen Tour of California fan
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Two Rabobank riders by their bus before the start.

Two Rabobank riders by their bus before the start.
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A team RadioShack rider doles out posters to eager fans.

A team RadioShack rider doles out posters to eager fans.
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The weather forecast was ominous for stage 2 on Monday morning at the Tour of California, but plenty of excited spectators came out to see, and in some cases meet, their favorite cycling heros prior to the start in Davis.

Cyclingnews was on hand and captured these images of the scene.

Riders emerged from their team buses to sign autographs and chat with fans, young and old, as they readied for the start in gray, drizzly weather. On tap for the day is 110.1 miles (177.2km) to the finish in Santa Rosa.