2012 Tour de France, In Pictures, From Liège To Besançon

METZ, FRANCE - JULY 06: The peloton make their way through the French countryside on stage six of the 2012 Tour de France from Epernay to Metz on July 6, 2012 in Metz, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

As the riders in the 2012 Tour de France take a much-deserved rest day on Tuesday, we're taking the off day to compile the best photos from the first 10 days of one of the world's most grueling competitions.

The 2012 Tour de France began its 2,173-mile trek to Paris on June 30, with a individual time trial prologue in Liège, Belgium. After nine stages, with two wins each going to Peter Sagan and André Greipel, the Tour takes a rest day on Tuesday, so what better time to look back at the past 10 days and compile some of the best photos!

The Tour resumes on Wednesday with Stage 10, a mountain stage that will take riders through the Alps and up the Col du Grand Colombier, a "beyond category" climb with long sections at a 12 percent grade. Good luck, you guys!

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Levi Leipheimer of the USA riding for Omega Pharma-Quickstep races to 80th place in the prologue. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland in action on his way to winning the Tour de France Prologue at Parc d'Avroy on June 30, 2012 in Liege, Belgium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Race leader Fabian Cancellara and team Radioshack-Nissan at the front of the peloton on stage one. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Yaroslav Popovych of the Ukraine and Radioshack-Nissan leads the peloton during stage one. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


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Peter Sagan, just 22 years old, of Slovakia and team Liquigas-Cannondale celebrates his win in stage one. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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The peloton rides through wheat fields in the countryside during stage two of the 2012 Tour de France from Vise to Tournai on July 2, 2012 in Vise, Belgium. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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World Road Race Champion Mark Cavendish of Great Britain and SKY Procycling (the one with the yellow helmet) wins stage two of the 2012 Tour de France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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The peloton ride through the Belgian countryside during stage two of the 2012 Tour de France from Vise to Tournai on July 2, 2012 in Tournai, Belgium. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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The peloton rides through the countryside during stage two. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The peloton ride through the French countryside during stage three of the 2012 Tour de France from Orchies to Boulogne-sur-Mer on July 3, 2012 in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Another shot of the peloton in the French countryside! (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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For his first stage win, Peter Sagan celebrated with a running-man sort of thing as he crossed the finish line. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)


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The peloton during stage three, between Orchies and Boulogne sur Mer, riding past a farmer and his tractor. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)


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Jonathan Vaughters, CEO of Slipstream Sports and director of Garmin-Sharp, is surrounded by the media as he delivers a statment prior the start of stage five. Overnight, it was in a Dutch newspaper that Vaughters and four former teammates of Lance Armstrong had agreed to give evidence to the US Anti Doping Agency in return for a more forgiving punishment. Vaughters denied the report. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)


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Thomas Voeckler during stage four of the 2012 Tour de France between Abbeville and Rouen. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)


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The peloton rides through a small town on stage four, between Abbeville and Rouen. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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Mark Cavendish sits on the deck after a hard crash in stage four. He'd get up and eventually finish the day. (Frederic Mons/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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The peloton and windmills, somewhere between Abbeville and Rouen. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The peloton passes through wheat fields during stage four of the 2012 Tour de France from Abbeville to Rouen on July 4, 2012 in Veules-les-Roses, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Andre Greipel of Germany and the Lotto-Belisol Team grimaces as he fights to win stage four. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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And then the next day, Andre Greipel did it again, seen here celebrating after winning stage five. (Frederic Mons/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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Robbie Hunter of South Africa riding for Garmin-Sharp adjusts his shoes as he prepares for the start of stage five. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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The peloton, led by the official's car, leave the start and prepares to race stage six, from Epernay to Metz. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Four riders -- Davide Malacarne, Romain Zingle, David Zabriskie and Karsten Kroon -- in the breakaway group during stage six. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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And the rest of the peloton making their way past the same tree on the French countryside. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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For his second stage win, Peter Sagan did some kind of Hulk pose thing as he crossed the finish line on stage six. He's pretty great. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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A view from the back of the peloton as they make their way through the countryside during stage six of the 2012 Tour de France from Epernay to Metz on July 6, 2012 in Marson, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Did you know the holder of the yellow jersey, worn by the overall race leader in the Tour de France -- in this photo, it's Fabian Cancellara -- gets kisses AND a stuffed animal lion? (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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The riders in the Tour, like the team BMC cyclist on the front of the peloton here, really take some risks. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Cycling looks fun! (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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The peloton make their way through the French Countryside during stage seven. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Out of the shadows (and light). Cadel Evans (right) of Australia and the BMC Racing Team leads Bradley Wiggins of Great Britain and SKY Procycling and Chris Froome (left) of Great Britain and SKY Procycling up the brutal final climb during stage seven. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Christopher Froome pulled away and even had enough time to give a look back at Cadel Evans as Froome sprinted to the finish line and a win in stage seven. Evans finished second. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Looks like fun! (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Bradley Wiggins leading the way during stage eight of the 2012 Tour de France between Belfort and Porrentruy. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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Bradley Wiggins (GBR), in yellow, during stage eight of the 2012 Tour de France between Belfort and Porrentruy. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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What goes up ... Cadel Evans leads a small group of elite riders down a hill during stage eight of the 2012 Tour de France between Belfort and Porrentruy. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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The peloton ride out of Belfort at the start of stage eight of the 2012 Tour de France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Bradley Wiggins, race leader, during stage nine of the 2012 Tour de France, an individual time trial between Arc-et-Senans and Besancon. FUN FACT: His bike there probably cost upwards of $10,000! (Bernard Prevost/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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Fabian Cancellara during stage nine, climbing a hill on the time trial as the crowd cheers him on. (Bernard Papon/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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American Christopher Horner (team Radioshack-Nissan) on stage nine of the 2012 Tour de France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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David Zabriskie of team Garmin-Sharp with his Captain America inspired racing helmet (really) on stage nine. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

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Bradley Wiggins celebrates winning stage nine, and other yellow jersey. (Bernard Prevost/Presse Sports via US PRESSWIRE)

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