After two weeks of racing, and with the Pyrenees behind them, the 175 riders left in the 2017 Tour de France get the chance to recharge their batteries on the race’s second rest day before facing the final week in the Alps and into Paris.
Most of the riders will get in a rest day ride to keep their legs moving and ease away those aches and pains. Then there are press conferences, meeting fans and sponsors, and generally catching up on things that you can’t do when you spend four, five or six hours a day in a saddle.
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It’s also a chance for riders and teams to log in to social media and post up some entertainment.
Fabio Aru shows off his bike-handling skills with a one-handed wheelie.
Team Sky’s Luke Rowe and Christian Knees are enjoying their sunny rest day ride, as this Instagram video proves
Meanwhile, a Mikel Landa rap gets unleashed on the public as a tribute from a fan
Simon Geschke gets a rest-day-themed tweet in early. Scantily-clad roadside spectators take note.
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Rigoberto Uran really looks like he’s got the knack of being relaxed on rest days
Busy time for the four remaining riders in FDJ’s depleted Tour de France team, as they meet young members of the Vélo Sport Brivadois club
Cannondale-Drapac admiring the view
LottoNL-Jumbo encounter some cows
Trek’s Haimar Zubeldia uses the rest day to announce that his final race of his career will be Clasica de San Sebastian
Cannondale-Drapac team boss Jonathan Vaughters and FDJ’s Jeremy Roy have an exchange about a bathroom
And there’s yet more washing and spannering for the mechanics to sort out
Nathan Brown’s stats are continuing to rack up – some big numbers