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Start line gallery: Photos from stage 2 of the Tour de France

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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) heads for the safety of the team bus after Sunday's team time trial.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) heads for the safety of the team bus after Sunday's team time trial.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Samuel Sanchez is hoping for a good finish in this year's Tour de France.

Samuel Sanchez is hoping for a good finish in this year's Tour de France.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A Cofidis racer gets ready for the team time trial.

A Cofidis racer gets ready for the team time trial.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A Euskaltel-Euskadi racer is all kitted out before the start of stage 2.

A Euskaltel-Euskadi racer is all kitted out before the start of stage 2.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A Euskaltel-Euskadi rider stands up to put some power through his legs and warm up before the start.

A Euskaltel-Euskadi rider stands up to put some power through his legs and warm up before the start.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Quick Step gears up for Sunday's race against the clock.

Quick Step gears up for Sunday's race against the clock.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) heads for the start line in Sunday's team time trial.

Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) heads for the start line in Sunday's team time trial.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Europcar warms up on their road bikes while their time trial machines sit at the ready.

Europcar warms up on their road bikes while their time trial machines sit at the ready.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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A Saxo Bank Sungard racer looks rarin' to go.

A Saxo Bank Sungard racer looks rarin' to go.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) didn't look especially happy after crossing the finish line today.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) didn't look especially happy after crossing the finish line today.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) warms up before the team time trial.

Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank Sungard) warms up before the team time trial.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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The Saxo Bank Sungard team gets ready under the shade of the tent.

The Saxo Bank Sungard team gets ready under the shade of the tent.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Samuel Sanchez looks calm and collected.

Samuel Sanchez looks calm and collected.
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)
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Garmin-Cerv

Garmin-Cerv
(Image credit: Jonny Irick)

In stage 2 of the 2011 Tour de France, racers are competing in a 23km team time trial starting and finishing in Les Essarts.  After stage 1, Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is in yellow.  He's followed by Cadel Evans (BMC) and Thor Hushovd (Team Garmin-Cervelo) in the standings.