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Medical checks and pre-race action

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CSC on a training ride

CSC on a training ride (Image credit: AFP)
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Romain Feillu (Agritubel) all tangled up in the wires.

Romain Feillu (Agritubel) all tangled up in the wires. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval) blows in deeply.

Iban Mayo (Saunier Duval) blows in deeply. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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David Millar (Saunier Duval) gets measured up.

David Millar (Saunier Duval) gets measured up. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Iban Mayo is all smiles as the typical pre-Tour procedure takes place.

Iban Mayo is all smiles as the typical pre-Tour procedure takes place. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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The riders' data will be no secret to the public before the race.

The riders' data will be no secret to the public before the race. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Christophe Rinero (Saunier Duval) is allsmiles as the Tour tells him how tall he is.

Christophe Rinero (Saunier Duval) is allsmiles as the Tour tells him how tall he is. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d'Epargne) not quite sure what to make of the whole thing.

Vladimir Karpets (Caisse d'Epargne) not quite sure what to make of the whole thing. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Karpets during the procedure.

Karpets during the procedure. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) thinks his measurements will suppot another podium finish.

Oscar Pereiro (Caisse d'Epargne) thinks his measurements will suppot another podium finish. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto) shows off his veins.

Robbie McEwen (Predictor-Lotto) shows off his veins. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Discovery Channel on a training ride in England, lawfully riding on the left.

Discovery Channel on a training ride in England, lawfully riding on the left. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) is relaxed about the medical procedure.

Levi Leipheimer (Discovery Channel) is relaxed about the medical procedure. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) wired up.

George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) wired up. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Michael Rogers (T-Mobile) getting a clean bill og health.

Michael Rogers (T-Mobile) getting a clean bill og health. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) has a critical look. Hopefully the above value isn't his resting heart rate...

Fabian Wegmann (Gerolsteiner) has a critical look. Hopefully the above value isn't his resting heart rate... (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) hopes that his excellent physical data will translate into a great Tour perfomance.

Markus Fothen (Gerolsteiner) hopes that his excellent physical data will translate into a great Tour perfomance. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is getting checked out by two guys.

Haimar Zubeldia (Euskaltel-Euskadi) is getting checked out by two guys. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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CSC on a training ride

CSC on a training ride (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Caisse d'Epargne trying to get used to ride on the left.

Caisse d'Epargne trying to get used to ride on the left. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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David Zabriskie (CSC) leaves his hotel.

David Zabriskie (CSC) leaves his hotel. (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Zabriskie decides to take a timeout before the Tour.

Zabriskie decides to take a timeout before the Tour. (Image credit: AFP Photo)

The 189 riders of the 94th Tour de France underwent pre-race medical checks today in London. Tour doctors performed the standard physical examinations on the riders such as height, weight, lung capacity, etc. Originally aimed at ensuring that riders have no medical problems that should prevent them from riding, the medical checks are now mainly a prime opportunity for cycling journalists to capture the stars looking bizarrely tanned and thin.

While not being poked and prodded by the doctors, the riders hopped on their bicycles to spin their legs out in preparation for Saturday's 7.9 kilometre race against the clock. Most of the riders were treated to an odd change of pace as they were forced to ride on the left side of the road - something that comes naturally to the British and Australian riders like Wiggins, Evans, Rogers and O'Grady.

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