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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) issued the first pistol salute after his return to cycling with his competition effectively dead (2nd Valvarde + 1:52, 3rd Rodriguez + 2:28) with four stages remaining

George has always been a laid-back guy in front of the press, and his capo Cadel handles the media very well these days. Since winning the 2009 Worlds, he seems a changed man. How will he strategise this year? The answer is a breeze.

2012 Tour de France, stage 18 - Hunter Shawn Hunter, the head of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, spreading the word about the Colorado race in the village. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

BMC's Cadel Evans, celebrates on the podium, with the green jersey, after the sixth stage of the 64th Dauphine cycling race, Saint-Alban-Leysse-Morzine, in Morzine, French Alps, Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Corey Sez: This stage will see riders slowly climb from the plains of Veneto to the high mountains of South Tyrol. Since the next day will be pretty hard, this stage screams breakaway. Oh yeah! I know these roads well as I live in Bolzano. I'd recommend that fans head straight to Brixen to watch the winner pass by first and stay for a bit. It's a lovely town, like a smaller Bozen without the industrial zone. Also it's a good base for taking in some great cycling.

Stage winner Colombian Alexandre Quintana rides on June 09 , 2012 in the sixth stage of the 64rd edition of the Dauphine Criterium cycling race between Saint-Aban-Leysse ans Morzine, Alps France. AFP PHOTO PASCAL PAVANIPASCAL PAVANI/AFP/GettyImages