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On the start line in Chambery

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It's the 14th of July and here's French champion Thomas Voeckler.

It's the 14th of July and here's French champion Thomas Voeckler.
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One of Andy Schleck's yellow jerseys.

One of Andy Schleck's yellow jerseys.
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Bernhard Eisel (HTC - Columbia)

Bernhard Eisel (HTC - Columbia)
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Former leader of the mountains classification Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step)

Former leader of the mountains classification Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step)
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French champion Thomas Voeckler spends some time with his family prior to stage 10.

French champion Thomas Voeckler spends some time with his family prior to stage 10.
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Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne)

Christophe Moreau (Caisse d'Epargne)
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Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha)
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World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) continues his Tour de France despite a fractured elbow.

World champion Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) continues his Tour de France despite a fractured elbow.
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Chris Horner (RadioShack)

Chris Horner (RadioShack)
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The peloton awaits the start of stage 10.

The peloton awaits the start of stage 10.
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack)

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack)
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Fans of Frenchman Cyris Dessel.

Fans of Frenchman Cyris Dessel.
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Giro winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Doimo) attracts a crowd.

Giro winner Ivan Basso (Liquigas - Doimo) attracts a crowd.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) meets some fans from Norway.

Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) meets some fans from Norway.
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A mechanic makes an adjustment to the bicycle of Dries Devenyns.

A mechanic makes an adjustment to the bicycle of Dries Devenyns.
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Fans of Lance Armstrong were out in Chambéry.

Fans of Lance Armstrong were out in Chambéry.
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Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma - Lotto)

Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma - Lotto)
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Ivan Basso before the start.

Ivan Basso before the start.
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Cofidis were riding special bikes to celebrate Bastille Day.

Cofidis were riding special bikes to celebrate Bastille Day.
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The polka-dot jersey means Charteau is in demand for interviews.

The polka-dot jersey means Charteau is in demand for interviews.
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Anthony Charteau of Bbox Bouyges Telecom is in the polka-dot jersey.

Anthony Charteau of Bbox Bouyges Telecom is in the polka-dot jersey.
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David Millar is to ride on despite pain in his ribs.

David Millar is to ride on despite pain in his ribs.
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Ryder Hesjedal poses for a photograph.

Ryder Hesjedal poses for a photograph.
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Damiano Cunego signs an autograph.

Damiano Cunego signs an autograph.
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Is Bob Stapleton looking to sign Garmin's Doug Ellis for 2011?

Is Bob Stapleton looking to sign Garmin's Doug Ellis for 2011?
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Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)

Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky)
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It's a special day, July 14, for the French riders in the Tour de France peloton today - Bastille Day. The riders are not done with the Alps yet as they face three categorised climbs on the 179km from Chambéry to Gap.

In order to keep the battle for yellow simmering nicely, this stage avoids the big passes for something far less arduous but intriguing nevertheless.

The road into the finish comes down the Rochette descent where Joseba Beloki crashed and forced Lance Armstrong to divert across a mountain meadow in 2003. Hopefully there will be no repeat of that incident this year.

After yesterday's taxing stage, it's an ideal day for a breakaway and look to the peloton's Frenchmen to figure prominently at the finale in Gap.