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Riders spin out legs on eve of Tour of California

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Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) might be one to sneak in for a stage win this week.

Charles Dionne (Fly V Australia) might be one to sneak in for a stage win this week.
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Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) hops on his bike to head out.

Dave Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) hops on his bike to head out.
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Steven Cozza (Garmin-Transitions) looks to be enjoying the warm and sunny California weather.

Steven Cozza (Garmin-Transitions) looks to be enjoying the warm and sunny California weather.
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Dave Zabriskie's (Garmin-Transitions) TT bike is all ready for the week.

Dave Zabriskie's (Garmin-Transitions) TT bike is all ready for the week.
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Stars and stripes on the front of Dave Zabriskie's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt TT bike.

Stars and stripes on the front of Dave Zabriskie's (Garmin-Transitions) Felt TT bike.
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Mike Friedman (Jelly Belly) will be leading the team this week.

Mike Friedman (Jelly Belly) will be leading the team this week.
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Jonathan Chodroff (Jelly Belly) will be looking for a strong TT towards the end of the race.

Jonathan Chodroff (Jelly Belly) will be looking for a strong TT towards the end of the race.
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The Jelly Belly squad ready to head out for a ride the day before the start.

The Jelly Belly squad ready to head out for a ride the day before the start.
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Andy Schleck's (Saxo Bank) shiny new Specialized bike showed up in time for the start of the race.

Andy Schleck's (Saxo Bank) shiny new Specialized bike showed up in time for the start of the race.
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A motivational saying on the top tube of Andy Schleck's new bike.

A motivational saying on the top tube of Andy Schleck's new bike.
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Tom Danielson (Garmin-Transitions) and teammate Peter Stetina wait for the rest of the guys to hit the road.

Tom Danielson (Garmin-Transitions) and teammate Peter Stetina wait for the rest of the guys to hit the road.
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Custom paint and graphics for Andy Schleck's new Specialized.

Custom paint and graphics for Andy Schleck's new Specialized.
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Ben Day (Fly V Australia) heads out on his shiny new De Rosa with a different black and orange paint scheme.

Ben Day (Fly V Australia) heads out on his shiny new De Rosa with a different black and orange paint scheme.
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Davide Frattini (Team Type 1) and teammate Valeriy Kobzarenko check out some of the team's gear before the morning ride.

Davide Frattini (Team Type 1) and teammate Valeriy Kobzarenko check out some of the team's gear before the morning ride.
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Ryder Hesjdal (Garmin-Transitions) does some prep on his TT bike.

Ryder Hesjdal (Garmin-Transitions) does some prep on his TT bike.
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Team Type 1 staff get stacks of waterbottles ready for the week ahead.

Team Type 1 staff get stacks of waterbottles ready for the week ahead.
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George Hincapie (BMC) gets ready to head out on a ride with his teammates.

George Hincapie (BMC) gets ready to head out on a ride with his teammates.
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Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare) drops in for a quick video interview.

Rory Sutherland (United Healthcare) drops in for a quick video interview.
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United Healthcare riders get some pre-race paperwork out of the way.

United Healthcare riders get some pre-race paperwork out of the way.
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Jeremy Vennell (BMC) takes care of a last minute seat adjustment.

Jeremy Vennell (BMC) takes care of a last minute seat adjustment.
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Ben Jacques-Maynes (BMC) grabs his bike for the morning ride.

Ben Jacques-Maynes (BMC) grabs his bike for the morning ride.
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Brothers Andy and Ben Jacques-Maynes answer some questions from the press.

Brothers Andy and Ben Jacques-Maynes answer some questions from the press.
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Top tube detail on Andy Schleck's new ride.

Top tube detail on Andy Schleck's new ride.
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Cyclingnews caught up with some of the Tour of California's racers on Saturday as they headed out for a pre-race spin for a few hours to get ready for the opening stage on Sunday.

In contrast to the wet and muddy conditions at the Giro d'Italia for Saturday's stage 7, it was sunny and warm in Sacramento.

Riders spent several hours getting their legs going and testing out equipment. Andy Schleck (Saxo Bank) was among the riders testing out new rigs. Specialized built him a new bike, painted with the symbol of Luxembourg for the national champion.

Stage 1 will begin on Sunday in Nevada City and head south to Sacramento. It will travel through the Grass Valley and Old Town in Auburn. The mostly downhill stage will favor sprinters as they complete the stage with three circuits around the state's Capitol building.

Stay tuned to Cyclingnews for complete coverage of the Tour of California.