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Startline gallery: Tour de France stage 13

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Cadel Evans (BMC) has looked strong in the race

Cadel Evans (BMC) has looked strong in the race
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New Zealand fans turn out to cheer Julian Dean

New Zealand fans turn out to cheer Julian Dean
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) has been at top for so far in the race

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank) has been at top for so far in the race
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Cancellar and Porte have a few friendly words

Cancellar and Porte have a few friendly words
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Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara

Frank Schleck and Fabian Cancellara
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Albert Contador (Saxo Bank)

Albert Contador (Saxo Bank)
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After a fine performance at Luz-Ardiden Voeckler wore yellow for anther stage

After a fine performance at Luz-Ardiden Voeckler wore yellow for anther stage
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Thomas Voeckler was cheered by the French public

Thomas Voeckler was cheered by the French public
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Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) stretches out at the start

Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) stretches out at the start
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Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek)

Frank Schleck (Leopard Trek)
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Garmin-Cervelo's Thor Hushovd

Garmin-Cervelo's Thor Hushovd
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Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto) was one of the last riders to appear

Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto) was one of the last riders to appear
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Simon Gerrans and Mark Renshaw do this every morning

Simon Gerrans and Mark Renshaw do this every morning
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Frank Schleck goes to sign on

Frank Schleck goes to sign on
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Karpets (Katusha) looking mean

Karpets (Katusha) looking mean
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Haimar Zubeldia is RadioShack's best placed rider on GC

Haimar Zubeldia is RadioShack's best placed rider on GC
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Johan Bruyneel meets the media

Johan Bruyneel meets the media
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David Moncoutie (Cofidis) has been quiet so far in this year's Tour de France

David Moncoutie (Cofidis) has been quiet so far in this year's Tour de France
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Andreas Kloden heads to the start but pulled out of the stage

Andreas Kloden heads to the start but pulled out of the stage
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Vacansoleil riders chit chat at the team bus

Vacansoleil riders chit chat at the team bus
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Cadel Evans always turns up with his press officer in close proximity

Cadel Evans always turns up with his press officer in close proximity
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Former teammates Cavendish and Hincapie catch up

Former teammates Cavendish and Hincapie catch up
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Geraint Thomas (Sky)

Geraint Thomas (Sky)
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Thor Hushovd (Garmin Cervelo)

Thor Hushovd (Garmin Cervelo)
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Gilbert at the start of stage 13 of the Tour de France

Gilbert at the start of stage 13 of the Tour de France
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After yesterday’s opening stage in the Pyrenees to Luz-Ardiden, the Tour de France has a slightly less daunting profile for stage 13 from Pau to Lourdes.

However with the Aubisque on today’s menu the bunch were still in a for a hard day of racing and covered the first hour at over 49 kph, meaning there was little respite for those with tired legs.

At the start village in Pau most of the talk centred around yesterday’s finish and the current form of Alberto Contador, with the majority of the people Cyclingnews talked to believing that the Spaniard is still the favourite for the race.