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On the start line in Cambrai

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Geraint Thomas (Sky) was popular with the press after his fine performance yesterday.

Geraint Thomas (Sky) was popular with the press after his fine performance yesterday.
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John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale)

John Gadret (AG2R La Mondiale)
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Linus Gerdemann (Milram)

Linus Gerdemann (Milram)
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Damiano Cunego at the Lampre bus.

Damiano Cunego at the Lampre bus.
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Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
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Danilo Hondo (Lampre) and Fabian Wegman (Milram) stay cool before the start in Cambrai.

Danilo Hondo (Lampre) and Fabian Wegman (Milram) stay cool before the start in Cambrai.
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Maxime Monfort gets ready for the stage.

Maxime Monfort gets ready for the stage.
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Bernard Eisel squeezes past Kristy Scrymgeour, the team's PR agent.

Bernard Eisel squeezes past Kristy Scrymgeour, the team's PR agent.
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Bernard Eisel (HTC-Columbia)

Bernard Eisel (HTC-Columbia)
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Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
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No!! Vladimir Karpets (Team Katusha) cut off his mullet!

No!! Vladimir Karpets (Team Katusha) cut off his mullet!
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Fabian Cancellara is resplendent in yellow.

Fabian Cancellara is resplendent in yellow.
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Andy Schleck fields a reporter's questions.

Andy Schleck fields a reporter's questions.
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Riders sign in in Cambrai

Riders sign in in Cambrai
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The Quick Step riders sign in

The Quick Step riders sign in
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Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi)

Amets Txurruka (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
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The bike of Andy Schleck

The bike of Andy Schleck
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There was bubbly of a different sort at the start.

There was bubbly of a different sort at the start.
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The Haribo candy makers had a bubble maker to entertain.

The Haribo candy makers had a bubble maker to entertain.
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Greg LeMond depicted on banners in Cambrai.

Greg LeMond depicted on banners in Cambrai.
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Lance Armstrong on the banner

Lance Armstrong on the banner
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Miguel Indurain's banner

Miguel Indurain's banner
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Alberto Contador looking pensive on his flag.

Alberto Contador looking pensive on his flag.
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Eddy Merckx looking all the cannibal

Eddy Merckx looking all the cannibal
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Maurice Garin

Maurice Garin
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Jacques Anquetil

Jacques Anquetil
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Fabian Cancellara's yellow bike.

Fabian Cancellara's yellow bike.
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Fabian Wegmann and Danilo Hondo

Fabian Wegmann and Danilo Hondo
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Riders enjoyed pleasant summer temperatures and sunny skies for their departure from Cambrai to Reims, heading out for the Tour de France's fourth stage. There were plenty of riders sporting bandages after the cobbled roads of stage 3 and the massive pile-up on the day before, so it was clear from the start that this would be a day for the sprinters.

However, the sprinters were well-represented amongst the injured: Tyler Farrar is riding with a fractured arm. "I hope to be able to sprint again by the second week of racing. I think I'll need a few more days to let the swelling go down and everything, before being competitive again," he said yesterday.

Robbie McEwen is also sporting a bandage on his arm, Mark Cavendish has hit the ground a few times but is the odds-on favourite for the flat run-in.

But Thor Hushovd, Cervelo's powerful sprinter, has the green jersey and the matching kit to go with it, and will look to take his second stage win of the Tour when the race negotiates the many roundabouts into the finish in Reims.

Enjoy this gallery from the start line in Cambrai.