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Film star Robin Williams comes out, as do the UCI's blood testers, while Voeckler gives his team-mat

Film star Robin Williams comes out, as do the UCI's blood testers, while Voeckler gives his team-mat
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE * According to French daily Le Figaro, one Belgian fan has taken his enthusiasm for the Tour de France to another level, arriving on Alpe d'Huez for Wednesday's 16th stage, and setting himself up in his camper van on hairpin number eight. three weeks in advance. * Hollywood actor Robin Williams made what has become his annual appearance at the Tour to support his friend Lance Armstrong on Tuesday's 15th stage between Valras and Villard de Lans. He'll now stay until the finish in Paris on Sunday. Armstrong's girlfriend, Sheryl Crow, is also still on the race, spending Tuesday's stage following the race from Tour doctor Grard Porte's cabriolet. * Forty-two blood tests were carried out by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on the Tour's second rest day on Monday. The Alessio-Bianchi, Cofidis, Domina Vacanze, Fassa Bortolo, Euskaltel-Euskadi and Phonak teams were all tested, and with no anomalies recorded, all the teams' riders were free to take to the start line at Valras on Tuesday morning. * The riders of Thomas Voeckler's Brioches La Boulangre team really are a team, sharing all the spoils of victory. The Crdit Lyonnais toy lion that Voeckler received on the podium each evening when collecting his yellow jersey was given to a different rider on the team each day. With nine riders in the squad, Voeckler was apparently getting worried that he wouldn't hold on to the yellow jersey long enough to keep one for himself. Luckily, the Frenchman - with sterling work from his cuddly toy-loving team - didn't lose the maillot jaune to Lance Armstrong until Tuesday's 15th stage, having held it since the fifth stage.
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