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PICTURES: Tour de France cyclists pray at Lourdes

Belgium's Julien Vermote lights a candle (Getty Images)

The Tour de France paused at the town of Lourdes on Friday, allowing cyclists to visit the famous shrine and receive a blessing from the various priests.

A priest blesses Italy’s Oliviero Troia (L) and Italy’s Marco Marcato (Getty Images)
Italy’s Oliviero Troia lights a candle during a ceremony at the shrine of Lourdes (Getty Images)
A priest blesses France’s Maxime Bouet (Getty Images)
Belgium’s Julien Vermote lights a candle (Getty Images)
A priest stands by France’s Maxime Bouet (Getty Images)
Italy’s Oliviero Troia talks to a priest (Getty Images)
Belgium’s Julien Vermote (Getty Images)
Italy’s Oliviero Troia (C) and Italy’s Marco Marcato (R) (Getty Images)
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Great Britain’s Geraint Thomas (R), wearing the overall leader’s yellow jersey, rides towards the start line (Getty Images)
Priests look on as Denmark’s Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (L) picks up snacks at the start village in Lourdes (Getty Images)
France’s Guillaume Martin (Getty Images)
Netherlands’ Steven Kruijswijk (Getty Images)
Belgium’s Julien Vermote talks with a priest (Getty Images)
Belgium’s Julien Vermote leaves on his bicycle after attending a blessing ceremony (Getty Images)