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.
Juan Antonio Flecha on front for Sky
Bjarne Riis adjusts a radio
Bradley Wiggins and Shane Sutton
Bradley Wiggins puts in a solo effort
Tour de France 2011: Related links
Full team time trial training photo gallery by Andy Jones
Tour de France 2011: Cycling Weekly’s coverage index