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Gallery: Tour de France warm-up rides in Yorkshire

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Christopher Froome (Team Sky)

Christopher Froome (Team Sky)
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Team Sky out for a training session in Leeds

Team Sky out for a training session in Leeds
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Team Sky's Chris Froome and Richie Porte training in Leeds

Team Sky's Chris Froome and Richie Porte training in Leeds
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Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Tour de France defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Team Sky out training in Leeds

Team Sky out training in Leeds
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) before heading out on a training session with his team in Leeds

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) before heading out on a training session with his team in Leeds
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Tinkoff-Saxo squad gets ready for a pre-Tour spin in Leeds

Tinkoff-Saxo squad gets ready for a pre-Tour spin in Leeds
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) before a training session in Leeds

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) before a training session in Leeds
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Tinkoff-Saxo sports a new shade of yellow for the Tour de France

Tinkoff-Saxo sports a new shade of yellow for the Tour de France
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Albert Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) thumbs up before a training session in Leeds

Albert Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) thumbs up before a training session in Leeds
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo)
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Alberto Contador riding with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates in Leeds

Alberto Contador riding with his Tinkoff-Saxo teammates in Leeds
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Team Sky's Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Danny Pate riding in Leeds

Team Sky's Chris Froome, Richie Porte and Danny Pate riding in Leeds
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Tinkoff-Saxo

Tinkoff-Saxo
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Team Sky training in Leeds

Team Sky training in Leeds
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Tinkoff-Saxo's Tour de France team checks out the stage 5 cobbles

Tinkoff-Saxo's Tour de France team checks out the stage 5 cobbles
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Tinkoff-Saxo previews the stage 5 cobbles a few days before the start of the Tour de France

Tinkoff-Saxo previews the stage 5 cobbles a few days before the start of the Tour de France
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Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Defending champion Chris Froome (Team Sky)
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Chris Froome (Sky)

Chris Froome (Sky)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
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Bernhard Eisel (Team Sky)

Bernhard Eisel (Team Sky)
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma - QuickStep)
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Xabier Zandio (Team Sky) heads out on a warm-up ride

Xabier Zandio (Team Sky) heads out on a warm-up ride
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Xabier Zandio (Team Sky)

Xabier Zandio (Team Sky)
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Team Tinkoff-Saxo arrive to preview the stage 5 cobbles in Oleg Tinkoff's private jet

Team Tinkoff-Saxo arrive to preview the stage 5 cobbles in Oleg Tinkoff's private jet
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Tinkoff-Saxo's Alberto Contador in Oleg Tinkoff's private jet

Tinkoff-Saxo's Alberto Contador in Oleg Tinkoff's private jet
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Oleg Tinkoff and his Tinkoff-Saxo squad check out the stage 5 cobbles ahead of the Tour de France's start on Saturday

Oleg Tinkoff and his Tinkoff-Saxo squad check out the stage 5 cobbles ahead of the Tour de France's start on Saturday
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Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) leads his team on a pre-Tour ride over the cobbles a few days before the start

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) leads his team on a pre-Tour ride over the cobbles a few days before the start
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Orica-GreenEdge parade the streets in Leeds

Orica-GreenEdge parade the streets in Leeds
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Public excitement surrounding the Tour de France is growing ahead of its start on July 5 in Leeds, Yorkshire. That momentum is pushed along by the event's nearly 200 professional cyclists, who have taken to the streets for pre-race training rides.

Cycling is one of those few sports where the public has almost direct access to the athletes, and as they emerged from the race hotel, fans were there to get photos taken with their favorite riders, autographs and to watch the team mechanics set up the bikes for the morning training sessions.

Click here to view the gallery of photos from the team training rides during the days leading into the Tour de France start in Leeds.