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Tour de France takes a day of rest in Pau

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Lance Armstrong received a visit from his family at the rest day in Pau.

Lance Armstrong received a visit from his family at the rest day in Pau.
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Garmin's Julian Dean rides his trainer, perhaps too afraid of the gendarmes to go out on the open roads.

Garmin's Julian Dean rides his trainer, perhaps too afraid of the gendarmes to go out on the open roads.
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A young fan gets a thrill riding aside Tour leader Alberto Contador.

A young fan gets a thrill riding aside Tour leader Alberto Contador.
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Bjarne Riis busied himself with the press on the rest day in Pau.

Bjarne Riis busied himself with the press on the rest day in Pau.
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Andy Schleck paces behind the Saxo Bank car, being chased by fans.

Andy Schleck paces behind the Saxo Bank car, being chased by fans.
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Alberto Contador heads out for a spin from Pau.

Alberto Contador heads out for a spin from Pau.
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The press had a chance to photograph Contador on his rest day ride.

The press had a chance to photograph Contador on his rest day ride.
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Alberto Contador signs autographs in Pau.

Alberto Contador signs autographs in Pau.
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Alberto Contador (Astana) surrounded by press motorcycles on his rest day.

Alberto Contador (Astana) surrounded by press motorcycles on his rest day.
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Contador starts his day by reading the newspapers.

Contador starts his day by reading the newspapers.
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The Radioshack team gets ready for their rest day ride.

The Radioshack team gets ready for their rest day ride.
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Johan Bruyneel

Johan Bruyneel
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Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) and his youngest son Max.

Lance Armstrong (Radioshack) and his youngest son Max.
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Armstrong waves goodbye to his children before heading out.

Armstrong waves goodbye to his children before heading out.
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The FDJ mechanic cleans the bike of Christophe Le Mevel

The FDJ mechanic cleans the bike of Christophe Le Mevel
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The Tour de France is only four stages away from crowning its victor for 2010, but before the riders could turn a pedal in anger, they had their second day of "rest" in Pau.

Race leader Alberto Contador did not hold the normal rest day press conference, but was spotted heading out of town for a ride with his team and a number of enthusiastic fans.

His main opponent Andy Schleck was also followed out of town by some amateur riders, but quickly burned them off his wheel, setting pace behind the Saxo Bank team car.

For RadioShack's Lance Armstrong, it was a time to catch up with his ever-growing family: his three children from his first wife as well as his one-year-old son with his current partner Anna Hansen, who is also carrying the couple's second child.

Enjoy this photo gallery from the rest day in Pau.