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On the start line of Paris-Nice

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Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale talks to the media

Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale talks to the media (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne looks ready to race

Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne looks ready to race (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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At the start and riders look ready to race

At the start and riders look ready to race (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto has had a quiet race so far

Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma - Lotto has had a quiet race so far (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

Luis-Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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David Millar (Garmin-Transititions) is in the top ten.

David Millar (Garmin-Transititions) is in the top ten. (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun led the mountains competition going into the stage

Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun led the mountains competition going into the stage (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Only 157K to go for the peloton

Only 157K to go for the peloton (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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A Radioshack rider begins the 157K stage

A Radioshack rider begins the 157K stage (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)
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Riders line up for the start and the sun is out

Riders line up for the start and the sun is out (Image credit: Hedwig Kröner)

A bright sunny morning greeted the riders in Provencal Pernes-Les-Fontaines. Temperatures were still cold, but the atmosphere on the plane tree roads of the small town suggested a hint of spring on the road to Nice for the riders, who were thankful for the improving weather conditions.

The start of stage five to Aix-en-Provence was given right across from the cycling-friendly town's 'musée du cycle', where people sat outside on the terrace for a cup of coffee in the sun.

Looming on the horizon was the famous Mont Ventoux, but the Paris-Nice peloton turned southwards toward the regional park of Lubéron after the start.