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Having got their Tour de France presentations and press conferences out of the way yesterday, a number of teams used today’s relatively free schedule to check out Sunday’s team time trial course.

Britain’s Team Sky were amongst the teams, starting their reconnaissance from Les Essarts at lunchtime.

Rabobank, AG2R, Astana, Liquigas, Katusha, Radioshack and Saxo Bank were also out on the 23km circuit this morning, testing their legs and practicing technique.

With a road stage opening the Tour tomorrow, today is a nervous time for the riders.

When Sky first rolled past CW photographer Andy Jones, Bradley Wiggins was doing his own thing off the back. Although he joined the team for two quick laps of the circuit in formation, he indicated that he was not feeling his best.

A quick calming talk from coach Shane Sutton helped reassure Wiggins he had nothing to worry about. Then, as the rest of his team mates climbed aboard the bus, Wiggins was back on his bike heading in the direction of his hotel.

Ag2r, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Ag2r

Astana, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Astana

Alberto Contador on front, Saxo Bank, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Saxo Bank

Juan Antonio Flecha on front, Sky, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Juan Antonio Flecha on front for Sky

Radioshack, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Radioshack

Bjarne Riis adjusts radio, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Bjarne Riis adjusts a radio

Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton

Bradley Wiggins, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Bradley Wiggins puts in a solo effort

Sky, Tour de France 2011, team time trial training



Team Sky

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