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Tour de France: Restday Open thread

Tour de France 2011, stage 9, Saint-Cloud. Photo: Bryn Lennon/Getty.

Time for all of us to draw our collective breaths and let the heartrate drop a little after what has been the best and worst first week of a Grand Tour in a long time.

Here is a place to discuss the rest-day shenanigans and bits of info that trickle out from the hotels, pressconferences and massagetables as the riders prepare for Act II.