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Wanty-Gobert Cycling team jump into the pool on a warm rest day at the Tour de France

Wanty-Gobert Cycling team jump into the pool on a warm rest day at the Tour de France
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Team Ineos out for a spin on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Team Ineos out for a spin on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Team Ineos out for a spin on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Team Ineos out for a spin on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Team Ineos out for a spin on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Team Ineos out for a spin on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Egan Bernal on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Time to clean the bikes

Time to clean the bikes
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Team INEOS / Pinarello Bike / Shimano Dura -Ace Wheel / Continental Tire / Detail view / during the 106th Tour de France 2019

Team INEOS / Pinarello Bike / Shimano Dura -Ace Wheel / Continental Tire / Detail view / during the 106th Tour de France 2019
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One of Julian Alaphilippe's toy lions outside the Deceuninck-QuickStep camp on the second rest day at the Tour de France

One of Julian Alaphilippe's toy lions outside the Deceuninck-QuickStep camp on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meets the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meets the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Lukas Postlberger on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Lukas Postlberger on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meets the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meets the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Egan Bernal on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Dave Brailsford and Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal (Team Ineos) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Thibaut Pinot (Grouplama-FDJ) at a press conference on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot (Grouplama-FDJ) at a press conference on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Geraint Thomas (Team Ineos) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Egan Bernal (Team INeos) heads out for a ride on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Egan Bernal (Team INeos) heads out for a ride on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Gobert Cycling) goes for a swim on the second rest day

Frederik Backaert (Wanty-Gobert Cycling) goes for a swim on the second rest day
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Mikel Landa (Movistar) talks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Mikel Landa (Movistar) talks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the second rest day at the Tour de France

World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Alejandro Valverde on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) speaks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Deceuninck-QuickStep riders out for an easy spin during the second rest day at the Tour de France

Deceuninck-QuickStep riders out for an easy spin during the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Deceuninck-QuickStep riders out for an easy spin during the second rest day at the Tour de France

Deceuninck-QuickStep riders out for an easy spin during the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Deceuninck-QuickStep riders out for an easy spin during the second rest day at the Tour de France

Deceuninck-QuickStep riders out for an easy spin during the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Mikel Landa (Movistar) talks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Mikel Landa (Movistar) talks to the press on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe) on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe) on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Thibaut Pinot on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Bora-hansgrohe mechanic hard at work on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Bora-hansgrohe mechanic hard at work on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Thibaut Pinot on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Alejandro Valverde at a press conference on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde at a press conference on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Thibaut Pinot and Marc Madiot on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Thibaut Pinot and Marc Madiot on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Emanuel Buchmann on the second rest day at the Tour de France

Emanuel Buchmann on the second rest day at the Tour de France
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Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert Cycilng) dives into the pool on a warm rest day at the Tour de France

Xandro Meurisse (Wanty-Gobert Cycilng) dives into the pool on a warm rest day at the Tour de France
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After a tough spell through the Pyrenees, the peloton has arrived at the much-needed second rest day at the Tour de France on Monday in Nîmes. The riders took an opportunity to get out for an easy spin and met the press to talk about what they expect in the final week of the race.

Deceuninck-QuickStep's overall leader Julian Alaphilippe was on hand to speak about his performances during the first two weeks, along with his anticipation of a challenging final week in the Alps before reaching the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday. While he was chatting about his dream of winning this Tour de France, his teammates such as Elia Viviani were out enjoying a ride in the warm temperatures.

Movistar's trio of Nairo Quintana, Mikel Landa and world champion Alejandro Valverde, held three separate press conferences. Tensions arose between them when Quintana fell off pace on the Col du Tourmalet at the end of stage 14 on Saturday, particularly after his team spent considerable effort setting a blistering pace on his behalf. It seems there may have been some miscommunication, as Quintana says he notified his team that he was having difficulty before the final climb. 

Team Ineos also enjoyed a team ride around Nîmes, while co-leaders Geraint Thomas (defending champion) and Egan Bernal also spent time speaking with the press about their prospects for the third week of the Tour.

Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), who won the stage on top of the Tourmalet, has repositioned himself just 1:50 behind Alaphilippe heading into the last week. He will be kicking himself for losing 1:40 on a flat, crosswind stage during stage 10. But he has shown the motivation and the strength to make up for that loss and has moved himself back up into contention for the yellow jersey.

Teams that did not have as many media obligations, such as Wanty-Gobert Cycling, enjoyed an easy spin and a splash on the pool on the second rest day at the Tour de France.

Click through the gallery above to view images from the team rides and press conferences in Nîmes.