Liberty recons Tour stages

Riders from the Liberty Seguros team have been reconnoitering stages of the Tour de France in preparation for the year's biggest race, which starts July 2.

Roberto Heras and Alberto Contador yesterday inspected the parcours for the Tour's second individual time trial in St Etienne. This 55km test is the second-last stage of the 2005 Tour's 21 days of racing, and may be the race's decider if things are still close in the final week. Heras and Contador pronounced themselves satisfied with the route, and noted that it has two uphill sections that should favour the climbers.

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