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Calm Before the Pyrenees

Tommy V is in yellow...

Stage 10 of the 2011 Tour de France is up and down for its entire route with a number of categorized climbs, but almostĀ guarantees a bunch sprint, one of the last opportunities for the likes of Mark Cavendish, Thor Hushovd and Alessandro Petacchi to get a win before the race hits the Champs-Elysees. With a new yellow jersey, a strong green jersey leader in Phillipe Gilbert and the showdown on Luz Ardiden looming, these two days of transition are going to offer some exciting racing.

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Best of the Rest Day: A Twitter Gallery

The Rest Day was well-received by all the riders, especially Johnny Hoogerland, one of the victims of the French TV car's assault on the breakaway.

Twitter offers cycling fans some inside shots and thoughts from the Lycra-clad warriors we follow, and the first Rest Day of the 2011 Tour offers up some outstanding tweets and photos from the teams on their day of light riding and relaxing.

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Photo of the Day: Tommy V Is Excited

Tommy V Is Excited: The Frenchman Takes Yellow

And exited he should be. On a long day in a fast breakaway, Thomas Voeckler has again taken the yellow jersey, his first since 2004 when he held onto yellow for a full ten days before having it wretched away from him by an unstoppable Lance Armstrong. For the majority of that week and a half, the very, very French Voeckler courageously surprised all the experts by fighting to hold the Golden Fleece, even on high mountain stages that saw him lose chunks of time to the GC favorites like Armstrong. Voeckler became a French national hero, a legacy he has cemented by replacing his 2010 French national champion jersey (which he lost this year to Sylvain Chavanel) with his second run in yellow.