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Tour de France Preview: Andy Schleck

Andy at the Tour de Suisse (L-T Team Site)

How thoroughly fitting for the second place rider to come in second for the Update’s preview. Andy Schleck is familiar with second place behind the Spaniard, a familiarity, of course, he has probably grown nauseous over ever since he first looked up at the little man from Pinto, Alberto Contador, draped in yellow and firing a finger-gun annoyingly into the crowd. From nearly every angle except third, second place can get frustrating.

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Tour de France Preview: Alberto Contador

Stage 15. Contador goes.

The Tainted Spanish Meat jokes and the speculation will take a backseat to the real contest. Finally. The 2011 Tour de France is just days away. The preparations and final adjustments are over and riders can only find fitness during the race. For the GC men, there are no rest days, no casual rides in a steady and swelling peloton. With the Classics inspired first week, a leg-busting trip through Pyrenees and a final venture into the high Alps, the route offers not one easy pedal stroke for the contenders.

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Tour de Suisse Preview: The Return of the Schlecks

Frank and Andy reunite on the road in Switzerland. The last big test together was taking down Gilbert: They didn't.

Alberto Contador has already RSVPed to the party, and did so with a dramatic twirl of the pen by completely dominating the Giro d’Italia. Mountain top stage wins, strong time trial performances and seemingly impenetrable teamwork made Contador look super-human in Italy last month. But how will the Schlecks fare in the Tour? Look no further than the Tour de Suisse…

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