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Photo gallery: Anticipation builds at Lake Tahoe

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The UnitedHealthcare team out taking in the scenery.

The UnitedHealthcare team out taking in the scenery.
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Roman Kilun (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) leading his group out this morning.

Roman Kilun (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) leading his group out this morning.
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Ben King (RadioShack) stays tucked into the bunch while out on the morning ride.

Ben King (RadioShack) stays tucked into the bunch while out on the morning ride.
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Team RadioShack heads out in the morning.

Team RadioShack heads out in the morning.
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Levi Leipheimer and RadioShack teammate Ben King out on a ride.

Levi Leipheimer and RadioShack teammate Ben King out on a ride.
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RadioShack riders ride through the snowy mountain scenery.

RadioShack riders ride through the snowy mountain scenery.
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Team NetApp spreads out on a climb.

Team NetApp spreads out on a climb.
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Shawn Milne (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) takes a moment to stop and enjoy the local wildlife.

Shawn Milne (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) takes a moment to stop and enjoy the local wildlife.
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Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) will be one of the team's dedicated workers this week.

Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) will be one of the team's dedicated workers this week.
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Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) is one of the race favorites to watch this week.

Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) is one of the race favorites to watch this week.
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Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) is here to lead his team to a top podium spot.

Rory Sutherland (UnitedHealthcare) is here to lead his team to a top podium spot.
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Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare) practicing his descending skills.

Andrew Pinfold (UnitedHealthcare) practicing his descending skills.
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Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) always the comedian once he gets the mic.

Bernhard Eisel (HTC-Highroad) always the comedian once he gets the mic.
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Brothers Peter and Martin Velits (HTC-Highroad) are here to offer support for this week's mountain stages.

Brothers Peter and Martin Velits (HTC-Highroad) are here to offer support for this week's mountain stages.
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Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) confident about his chances this week.

Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) confident about his chances this week.
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Saxo Bank riders head out on what will be tomorrow's race loop.

Saxo Bank riders head out on what will be tomorrow's race loop.
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JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) leads out his team this morning.

JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank) leads out his team this morning.
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Luca Damiani (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) all smiles before the big show.

Luca Damiani (Kenda-5 Hour Energy) all smiles before the big show.
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The Kenda-5 Hour Energy team heading out of town.

The Kenda-5 Hour Energy team heading out of town.
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Saxo Bank on the way out of town.

Saxo Bank on the way out of town.
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RadioShack riders round one of the switchbacks on the early part of what will be tomorrow's course.

RadioShack riders round one of the switchbacks on the early part of what will be tomorrow's course.
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A beautiful backdrop for teams out rolling around today.

A beautiful backdrop for teams out rolling around today.
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The RadioShack team stops by a huge snow blower which we hopefully won't need on Sunday.

The RadioShack team stops by a huge snow blower which we hopefully won't need on Sunday.
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The NetApp team out for a Saturday stroll.

The NetApp team out for a Saturday stroll.
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Riders were coming and going all morning on the loop around the lake.

Riders were coming and going all morning on the loop around the lake.
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HTC-Highroad riders got to enjoy a little bit of sun before the clouds rolled in.

HTC-Highroad riders got to enjoy a little bit of sun before the clouds rolled in.
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The HTC-Highroad team for this week gets presented.

The HTC-Highroad team for this week gets presented.
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Phil Liggett introduces and interviews riders along with commentary partner, Paul Sherwen.

Phil Liggett introduces and interviews riders along with commentary partner, Paul Sherwen.
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The Specialized Shiv TT bike of the HTC-Highroad team.

The Specialized Shiv TT bike of the HTC-Highroad team.
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The HTC-Highroad team brought plenty of muscle for this week's racing.

The HTC-Highroad team brought plenty of muscle for this week's racing.
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With less than 24 hours before the 2011 Amgen Tour of California gets underway at Lake Tahoe, make of the riders took the opportunity to get out on the roads of the Sierra Mountain Range and surrounds.

What they found ranged from snow ploughs to bears – yes, bears!

Meantime, in much warmer indoor climes HTC-Highroad had their team presentation and took questions from both the international media as well as via social media.

Jon Devich has this insight from behind the lens.