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On the startline in Wanze

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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) will hopefully enjoy his day in yellow today.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) will hopefully enjoy his day in yellow today.
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Green jersey wearer Alessandro Petacchi, Ivan Basso and race leader Sylvain Chavanel await the start of stage three.

Green jersey wearer Alessandro Petacchi, Ivan Basso and race leader Sylvain Chavanel await the start of stage three.
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Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - Farnese Vini) wears green in stage three.

Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre - Farnese Vini) wears green in stage three.
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Sunny skies greet the peloton for stage three.

Sunny skies greet the peloton for stage three.
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Tony Martin (HTC - Columbia) leads the young rider classification.

Tony Martin (HTC - Columbia) leads the young rider classification.
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Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) rides to the sign-in stage.

Lance Armstrong (RadioShack) rides to the sign-in stage.
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The Tour's jersey holders are front and center for the start of stage three.

The Tour's jersey holders are front and center for the start of stage three.
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Alberto Contador (Astana)

Alberto Contador (Astana)
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Quick Step teammates Sylvanin Chavanel and Jerome Pineau hold yellow and the polka-dot jerseys respectively.

Quick Step teammates Sylvanin Chavanel and Jerome Pineau hold yellow and the polka-dot jerseys respectively.
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Thor Hushovd hit out at the go-slow yesterday.

Thor Hushovd hit out at the go-slow yesterday.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Mark Cavendish (HTC - Columbia) shake hands before stage three.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) and Mark Cavendish (HTC - Columbia) shake hands before stage three.
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George Hincapie (BMC) is hard to miss in his red, white and blue kit.

George Hincapie (BMC) is hard to miss in his red, white and blue kit.
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Mark Cavendish (HTC - Columbia) is already out of the saddle, just 2km into the stage.

Mark Cavendish (HTC - Columbia) is already out of the saddle, just 2km into the stage.
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Dimitri Champion (Ag2r - La Mondiale) was the first attacker of the day, shooting off the front of the peloton right as they crossed the official start line.

Dimitri Champion (Ag2r - La Mondiale) was the first attacker of the day, shooting off the front of the peloton right as they crossed the official start line.
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Hincapie even stopped on the way to the start line to sign a fan's autograph.

Hincapie even stopped on the way to the start line to sign a fan's autograph.
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George Hincapie (BMC) takes the time to answer some questions.

George Hincapie (BMC) takes the time to answer some questions.
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Farrar badly hurt his elbow on the Stockeu descent and the wound was already oozing through the bandage even before the start of Stage 3.

Farrar badly hurt his elbow on the Stockeu descent and the wound was already oozing through the bandage even before the start of Stage 3.
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Farrar's knee bears the signs of yesterday's crash.

Farrar's knee bears the signs of yesterday's crash.
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Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Transitions) emerges from the team bus badly beaten after hitting the deck yesterday.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin - Transitions) emerges from the team bus badly beaten after hitting the deck yesterday.
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Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) luckily made it through yesterday's crash-marred stage unscathed but was disappointed that he wasn't able to contest for points.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo TestTeam) luckily made it through yesterday's crash-marred stage unscathed but was disappointed that he wasn't able to contest for points.
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The most combative rider earned the red number and yellow and green jerseys.

The most combative rider earned the red number and yellow and green jerseys.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) adjusts his new glasses.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) adjusts his new glasses.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) couldn't stop smiling on his first day in yellow.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) couldn't stop smiling on his first day in yellow.
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Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) all decked out in yellow from head to toe.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) all decked out in yellow from head to toe.
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In addition to their special jerseys, the Quick Step boys also earned best team (yellow number) and most aggressive (red number).

In addition to their special jerseys, the Quick Step boys also earned best team (yellow number) and most aggressive (red number).
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Christian Prudhomme is pleased to see a Frenchman in yellow.

Christian Prudhomme is pleased to see a Frenchman in yellow.
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Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) had a visit from his family in Wanze.

Mario Aerts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) had a visit from his family in Wanze.
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How do they do that so fast? Merckx provided Chavanel a green and yellow bike, signifying his lead in both classifications.

How do they do that so fast? Merckx provided Chavanel a green and yellow bike, signifying his lead in both classifications.
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Sylvain Chavanel does double duty, autographs and press interviews.

Sylvain Chavanel does double duty, autographs and press interviews.
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Sylvain Chavanel is also congratulated by Radioshack DS Dirk Demol.

Sylvain Chavanel is also congratulated by Radioshack DS Dirk Demol.
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The mountains classfication leader Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) stocks up on food for the day.

The mountains classfication leader Jerome Pineau (Quick Step) stocks up on food for the day.
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Erk Zabel congratulates Sylvain Chavanel on his yellow jersey.

Erk Zabel congratulates Sylvain Chavanel on his yellow jersey.
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) signs some autographs in Wanze.

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) signs some autographs in Wanze.
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Danish champion Nicki Sörensen checks out his bike before the start

Danish champion Nicki Sörensen checks out his bike before the start
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Jens Voigt talks to German TV

Jens Voigt talks to German TV
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All in yellow: Sylvain Chavanel

All in yellow: Sylvain Chavanel
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AG2R's Nicolas Roche will be happy when this stage is over

AG2R's Nicolas Roche will be happy when this stage is over
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Lance Armstrong wasn't pleased when he bumped into a photographer at the start.

Lance Armstrong wasn't pleased when he bumped into a photographer at the start.
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Thor Hushovd and Rolf Aldag explaining their point of views on yesterday's neutralisation

Thor Hushovd and Rolf Aldag explaining their point of views on yesterday's neutralisation
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The Quick Step team of race leader Sylvain Chavanel signs in.

The Quick Step team of race leader Sylvain Chavanel signs in.
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AG2R's bikes

AG2R's bikes
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Lance Armstrong's Trek

Lance Armstrong's Trek
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Lance Armstrong's Trek

Lance Armstrong's Trek
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Radioshack's Allen Lim checks his messages

Radioshack's Allen Lim checks his messages
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Thor Hushovd's bike waits for him outside the bus

Thor Hushovd's bike waits for him outside the bus
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Sky's bikes outside the team bus

Sky's bikes outside the team bus
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The startline was packed with fans

The startline was packed with fans
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Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Transitions) could try something today

Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Transitions) could try something today
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Posing with Levi Leipheimer's bike at the start

Posing with Levi Leipheimer's bike at the start
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Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) signed a new contract at Katusha. Here he signs for the fans.

Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) signed a new contract at Katusha. Here he signs for the fans.
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Andy Schleck's Specialized

Andy Schleck's Specialized
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Lance Armstrong rides to the sign in

Lance Armstrong rides to the sign in
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A nervous looking Ivan Basso surveys the crowd

A nervous looking Ivan Basso surveys the crowd
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Guess who? Cavendish on the team bus

Guess who? Cavendish on the team bus
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Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) will be hoping to open his stage win account today

Mark Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) will be hoping to open his stage win account today
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Will Eisel be let off the leash when the race hits the cobbles?

Will Eisel be let off the leash when the race hits the cobbles?
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Caisse's French contingent gather at the start

Caisse's French contingent gather at the start
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank) will race with a broken bone

Robert Gesink (Rabobank) will race with a broken bone
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Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Transitions) faces questions

Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Transitions) faces questions
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After yesterday’s unusual finish, the Tour de France lurched towards normality as the riders and teams gathered at the start of stage 3 in Wanze, Belgium.

Ahead of the bunch lay 213km of relatively flat roads, including 13.2 kilometres of cobbles, split over seven sections.

Sylvain Chavanel (Quick Step) looked resplendent in yellow, his freshly painted yellow and green bike the stand out feature by the Quick Step bus.

Meanwhile Jonathan Vaughters (Garmin-Transitions) put on a brave face after what he described as ‘the worst day the team had ever had in the Tour,” with Vande Velde crashing out and Tyler Farrar finishing but sustaining several injuries.

Thor Hushovd (Cervelo Testteam) was only focused on the future. The Norwegian was one of the few riders to disagree with yesterday’s neutralised finish. According to one Cervelo source he was more motivated than ever to win.