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Grading top riders from 2009 Tour

Updated: July 26, 2009, 5:40 PM ET
By Bobby Julich | Special to ESPN.com

Before the Tour field made its way into Paris on Sunday, I got another chance to ride along the Champs-Élysées in the morning. It was so cool.

While there was a ton of security around the roads and hotels, once we got going, it was worth it. Riding with Saxo Bank executives, you realize how uphill the road climbs up to the Arc de Triomphe. It was the perfect day; low winds, decent temps and the sun was out.

After our ride, we had prime seats next to the finish ...

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