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Gallery: Tour de France press conferences

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Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)

Chris Froome and Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)
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Corsic is hosting the start of the 2013 Tour de France

Corsic is hosting the start of the 2013 Tour de France
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Christopher Froome (Team Sky) and some of his teammates

Christopher Froome (Team Sky) and some of his teammates
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The 2013 Tour de France is starting on Corsica

The 2013 Tour de France is starting on Corsica
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Andy Schleck (Team Radioshack Leopard)

Andy Schleck (Team Radioshack Leopard)
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Cadel Evans (BMC)

Cadel Evans (BMC)
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Christopher Froome (Team Sky)

Christopher Froome (Team Sky)
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Andy Schleck (Team Radioshack Leopard)

Andy Schleck (Team Radioshack Leopard)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick Step) fields questions

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick Step) fields questions
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The Tour has arrived.

The Tour has arrived.
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Chris Froom and Dave Brailsford with the Sky Team

Chris Froom and Dave Brailsford with the Sky Team
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Tony Martin and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick Step)

Tony Martin and Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma Quick Step)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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It's Tour de France time

It's Tour de France time
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Mark Cavendish (OPQS)

Mark Cavendish (OPQS)
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Christopher Froome (Team Sky)

Christopher Froome (Team Sky)
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)

Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing Team)
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Richie Porte and Team Sky ride to the press con

Richie Porte and Team Sky ride to the press con
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Edvald Boasson (Team Sky)

Edvald Boasson (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Richie Porte (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)

Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Richie Porte (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte and Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Richie Porte and Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte and Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Richie Porte and Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)

Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)

Dave Brailsford (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte, Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome at the Sky pre-Tour presscon

Richie Porte, Dave Brailsford and Chris Froome at the Sky pre-Tour presscon
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The Omega Pharma - Quick Step team at the pre-Tour presscon

The Omega Pharma - Quick Step team at the pre-Tour presscon
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Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step)

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma Quick Step)
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Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard)

Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard)
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RadioShack-Leopard representatives talk to the media

RadioShack-Leopard representatives talk to the media
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Andy Schleck and Luca Guercilena (Radioshack - Leopard)

Andy Schleck and Luca Guercilena (Radioshack - Leopard)
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Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard)

Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard)
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Andy Schleck and Luca Guercilena (Radioshack - Leopard)

Andy Schleck and Luca Guercilena (Radioshack - Leopard)
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Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard) stays hydrated before the Tour

Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard) stays hydrated before the Tour
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RadioShack-Leopard manager Luca Guercilena

RadioShack-Leopard manager Luca Guercilena
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The Omega Pharma - Quick Step team at the pre-Tour presscon

The Omega Pharma - Quick Step team at the pre-Tour presscon
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Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard)

Andy Schleck (Radioshack - Leopard)
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The Omega Pharma - Quick Step team at the pre-Tour presscon

The Omega Pharma - Quick Step team at the pre-Tour presscon
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Mark Cavendish and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Tony Martin, Mark Cavendish and Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Sylvain Chavanel (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)

Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma - Quick Step)
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Thibaut Pinot, Arthur Vichot and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot, Arthur Vichot and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
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Thibaut Pinot, Arthur Vichot and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot, Arthur Vichot and Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
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Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
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Nacer Bouhanni

Nacer Bouhanni
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Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)

Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ)
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Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
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Arthur Vichot (FDJ)

Arthur Vichot (FDJ)
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Nacer Bouhanni, Arthur Vichot, and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

Nacer Bouhanni, Arthur Vichot, and Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)
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Richie Porte (Team Sky)

Richie Porte (Team Sky)
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Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)

Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky)
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Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky)

Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky)
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Konstantin Siutsou (Team Sky)

Konstantin Siutsou (Team Sky)
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Richie Porte and Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Richie Porte and Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Team Sky at the pre-Tour de France presscon

Team Sky at the pre-Tour de France presscon
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Team Sky at the pre-Tour de France presscon

Team Sky at the pre-Tour de France presscon
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Lotto-Belisol on a training ride

Lotto-Belisol on a training ride
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The Belkin team will be hoping for a strong showing in the Tour de France

The Belkin team will be hoping for a strong showing in the Tour de France
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Alberto Contador holds court in Corsica

Alberto Contador holds court in Corsica
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Alberto Contador says he's at 90 per cent coming into the Tour de France

Alberto Contador says he's at 90 per cent coming into the Tour de France
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Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) is looking for his third Tour de France

Alberto Contador (Team Saxo-Tinkoff) is looking for his third Tour de France
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Daniele Bennati (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)

Daniele Bennati (Saxo Bank Tinkoff)
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Michael Rogers is at the Tour to help Alberto Contador

Michael Rogers is at the Tour to help Alberto Contador
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The Saxo Bank Tinkoff team bus

The Saxo Bank Tinkoff team bus
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) checks over his road bike

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) checks over his road bike
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)
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Andy Schleck makes his way to the press conference

Andy Schleck makes his way to the press conference
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Andy Schleck makes his way to the press conference

Andy Schleck makes his way to the press conference
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Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) takes centre stage

Andy Schleck (RadioShack Leopard) takes centre stage
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Andy Schleck says he's not a favourite for this year's Tour de France

Andy Schleck says he's not a favourite for this year's Tour de France
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The Belkin riders arrive for the team press conference

The Belkin riders arrive for the team press conference
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Robert Gesink has a free role for this year's Tour de France

Robert Gesink has a free role for this year's Tour de France
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The entrance to the boat

The entrance to the boat
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The 2013 press centre is on a boat this year

The 2013 press centre is on a boat this year
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All aboard the Tour de France

All aboard the Tour de France
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A ferry will house the media for the opening stages in Corsica

A ferry will house the media for the opening stages in Corsica
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A ferry will house the media for the opening stages in Corsica

A ferry will house the media for the opening stages in Corsica
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A ferry will house the media for the opening stages in Corsica

A ferry will house the media for the opening stages in Corsica
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The press conference area in Corsica

The press conference area in Corsica
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Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme
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Robert Gesink (Belkin)

Robert Gesink (Belkin)
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The Belkin riders arrive in Corsica for the Tour

The Belkin riders arrive in Corsica for the Tour
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Robert Gesink (Belkin)

Robert Gesink (Belkin)
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Bauke Mollema will lead Belkin at the Tour de France

Bauke Mollema will lead Belkin at the Tour de France
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RadioShack Leopard are presented to the media in Corsica

RadioShack Leopard are presented to the media in Corsica
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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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