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Gallery: On the startline on stage 9 of the Tour de France

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Chris Froome (Sky) in his first yellow jersey

Chris Froome (Sky) in his first yellow jersey
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Team Sky’s bikes, usually the definition of standardisation, make an exception for new yellow jersey, Chris Froome

Team Sky’s bikes, usually the definition of standardisation, make an exception for new yellow jersey, Chris Froome
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Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has a broken rib and sits 35th on general classification – but he went on the attack today

Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) has a broken rib and sits 35th on general classification – but he went on the attack today
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Peter Kennaugh (Sky) was one of the heroes for the British squad, pacing team-mates up the Col de Pailheres and leading them expertly down into the valley

Peter Kennaugh (Sky) was one of the heroes for the British squad, pacing team-mates up the Col de Pailheres and leading them expertly down into the valley
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) grabs a snack before the roll out

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) grabs a snack before the roll out
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Froome soaked up the atmosphere and crowd support before the peloton rolled out

Froome soaked up the atmosphere and crowd support before the peloton rolled out
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Frome’s principal rival Alberto Contadaor (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) had a bad day on the first mountain stage will he bounce back today?

Frome’s principal rival Alberto Contadaor (Saxo-Tinkoff Bank) had a bad day on the first mountain stage will he bounce back today?
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Pierre Rolland (Europcar) is back in top to toe polka dots after lending the jersey to Blel Kadri (AG2R) yesterday

Pierre Rolland (Europcar) is back in top to toe polka dots after lending the jersey to Blel Kadri (AG2R) yesterday
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Julien el Fares (Sojasun) has been in the wars and is well-bandaged up

Julien el Fares (Sojasun) has been in the wars and is well-bandaged up
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After a quick read of the morning papers, Froome set off to join the peloton

After a quick read of the morning papers, Froome set off to join the peloton
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Cadel Evans (BMC) looked relaxed despite the team having a torrid day yesterday

Cadel Evans (BMC) looked relaxed despite the team having a torrid day yesterday
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Andreas Kloeden (RadioShack-Leopard) rolls to the start.

Andreas Kloeden (RadioShack-Leopard) rolls to the start.
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Tony Martin, (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) banged up on stage 1 is still soldiering on.

Tony Martin, (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) banged up on stage 1 is still soldiering on.
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Tony Martin, (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) banged up on stage 1 is still soldiering on.

Tony Martin, (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) banged up on stage 1 is still soldiering on.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) adjusts his glasses after signing on in Saint-Girons

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) adjusts his glasses after signing on in Saint-Girons
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Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Leopard) reflects on yesterday’s performance on the first mountain stage

Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Leopard) reflects on yesterday’s performance on the first mountain stage
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Sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) was cracking jokes and smiling before the stage – which features five categorised climbs

Sprinter Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) was cracking jokes and smiling before the stage – which features five categorised climbs
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A TV crew films the contents of a Team Belkin musette – this lucky rider has a Frosties bar bar coming his way

A TV crew films the contents of a Team Belkin musette – this lucky rider has a Frosties bar bar coming his way
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Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) was a man in demand after his attacking performance yesterday

Johnny Hoogerland (Vacansoleil-DCM) was a man in demand after his attacking performance yesterday
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) tumbled down the GC yesterday after losing touch on the descent of the Col de Pailhères yesterday

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) tumbled down the GC yesterday after losing touch on the descent of the Col de Pailhères yesterday
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Imanol Erviti (Movistar) wears the red neckerchief to celebrate Saint Fermin – a festival day in Spain

Imanol Erviti (Movistar) wears the red neckerchief to celebrate Saint Fermin – a festival day in Spain
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Tejay van Garderen (BMC) had a tough day yesterday. Will he bounce back on the road to Bagnères-de-Bigorre

Tejay van Garderen (BMC) had a tough day yesterday. Will he bounce back on the road to Bagnères-de-Bigorre
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Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) looking focused ahead of the départ in picturesque Saint-Girons

Peter Velits (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) looking focused ahead of the départ in picturesque Saint-Girons
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) launched a short lasting attack yesterday on the Col de Pailhères

Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) launched a short lasting attack yesterday on the Col de Pailhères
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Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was one of the victims of the Team Sky onslaught yesterday

Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) was one of the victims of the Team Sky onslaught yesterday
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Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) looking relaxed. When the Tour visited the Pyrenees in 2011, he crashed twice on the descent of Port de Lers

Jens Voigt (RadioShack-Leopard) looking relaxed. When the Tour visited the Pyrenees in 2011, he crashed twice on the descent of Port de Lers
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Could sprinters like Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) be at risk of missing the time cut today?

Could sprinters like Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) be at risk of missing the time cut today?
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Chris Froome’s (Sky’s) first day in yellow was in the picturesque Ariege town of Saint-Girons as he prepared for the start of stage 9 to Bagneres-de-Bigorre. With the British team’s powerful display on the first day in the mountains out of the way, the riders got ready for a second arduous day in the Pyrenees: five categorised climbs awaited them and a number of riders could be seen warming up on the rollers in the hope of entering the early break.

Alberto Contador (Saxo-Tinkoff), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Cadel Evans (BMC) were put on the back foot after Sky's twin offensive on Saturday afternoon but as they set off from Saint-Girons on Sunday morning, they were aware that the stage's terrain would provide the opportunity to offer an immediate response.

Sprinters such as Andre Greipel and Mark Cavendish, meanwhile, faced into the day with a degree of trepidation, eager to survive and live on to fight another day after Monday's rest day. Check out Cyclingnews' gallery from the start line here.