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Froome, Contador in Tour preview

Updated: May 31, 2013, 4:43 PM ET
By Andrew Hood | VeloNews.com

The eight-day Criterium du Dauphine (June 2-9) is often hailed as the final dress rehearsal for the Tour de France.

While it's true that most of the Tour contenders skip the Giro d'Italia and hone their form at the Dauphiné or Tour de Suisse, it's an exaggeration to claim that the French race reveals too much about what will happen in July.

While the Dauphiné certainly provides a litmus test for what fans can expect during the grande boucle, it's rare to see Tour ...

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