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Tour de France rest day gallery

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Bradley Wiggins poses with his work day shirt

Bradley Wiggins poses with his work day shirt (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Cadel Evans and his son

Cadel Evans and his son (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins poses with L'Equipe in the traditional maillot jaune rest day shoot

Bradley Wiggins poses with L'Equipe in the traditional maillot jaune rest day shoot (Image credit: AFP Photo)
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Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) is dreaming of polka dots on the rest day

Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) is dreaming of polka dots on the rest day (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale)

Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the rest day press conference

Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) at the rest day press conference (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ivan Basso spends his down time on the iPad

Ivan Basso spends his down time on the iPad (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) studies the road book

Fredrik Kessiakoff (Astana) studies the road book (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Ivan Basso relaxing on the rest day

Ivan Basso relaxing on the rest day (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The Astana team has a meeting

The Astana team has a meeting (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Astana gathers around the table

Astana gathers around the table (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Cadel Evans had a visit with the family on the rest day

Cadel Evans had a visit with the family on the rest day (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Bradley Wiggins puts his feet up on the rest day

Bradley Wiggins puts his feet up on the rest day (Image credit: AFP Photo)

After ten straight days of intense competition, crashes, illness and other drama, the 178 riders remaining in the Tour de France had a much deserved rest day outside Mâcon.

After taking the maillot jaune of race leader on stage 7 from Fabian Cancellara, who held it for a week, and extending his lead in the general classification to 1:53 over Cadel Evans in the time trial yesterday, Team Sky's Bradley Wiggins relaxed in Quincié-en-Beaujolais, holding a press conference and posing for the classic rest-day maillot jaune photo shoot with yellow coffee cup and today's edition of L'Equipe.

Evans enjoyed a visit from his family, including son Robel who was on his lap during the low-key press conference.

Argos-Shimano was busy renewing contracts with its riders. Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) headed home after the time trial to heal up his broken hand ahead of the Olympic Games.

Astana's Fredrik Kessiakoff relaxed with his polka dot-covered pillow, Ivan Basso kept his feet up while reading his iPad and all of the riders tried to maximize their recovery for the grueling Alpine climbs ahead.

Cofidis had its rest day interrupted to deal with a raid on its hotel and doping allegations of its rider Remy di Gregorio, other drama erupted from across the Atlantic, where the US Anti Doping Agency banned former US Postal and Discovery Channel team staff  Michele Ferrari, Dr. Luis Garcia del Moral and Jose "Pepe" Martí for life as part of the alleged doping conspiracy involving Lance Armstrong.

In other words, it was just a typical rest day at the Tour de France. Enjoy a few photos from the day of relaxation here.