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Startline gallery: Tour de France stage 5

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One of the Tour's most popular mascots

One of the Tour's most popular mascots
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John Gadret had a strong Giro and is here to work for Roche

John Gadret had a strong Giro and is here to work for Roche
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Greipel (Lotto) will be looking to feature in today's sprint

Greipel (Lotto) will be looking to feature in today's sprint
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Chris Horner (RadioShack)

Chris Horner (RadioShack)
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Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) rides to the sign in

Leonardo Duque (Cofidis) rides to the sign in
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Fabio Baldato

Fabio Baldato
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Cadel Evans (BMC) has had a storming Tour so far

Cadel Evans (BMC) has had a storming Tour so far
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Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack)

Yaroslav Popovych (RadioShack)
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Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) has yet to feature in the sprints

Gerald Ciolek (Quick Step) has yet to feature in the sprints
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A young fan waiting for the Schlecks to appear

A young fan waiting for the Schlecks to appear
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The Leopard Trek bikes at the start

The Leopard Trek bikes at the start
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Mario Cipollini paid a visit to the Tour de France

Mario Cipollini paid a visit to the Tour de France
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The AG2R bikes

The AG2R bikes
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Van Garderenn (HTC-Highroad)

Van Garderenn (HTC-Highroad)
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The depart village for stage 5

The depart village for stage 5
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Wiggins's bike

Wiggins's bike
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The HTC bikes

The HTC bikes
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank)

Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
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Laurens ten Dam (Rabobank)

Laurens ten Dam (Rabobank)
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Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) will be looking for a stage in later in the Tour

Carlos Barredo (Rabobank) will be looking for a stage in later in the Tour
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The Quick Step bikes

The Quick Step bikes
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Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step)

Jérôme Pineau (Quick Step)
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A Cycling Plus fan traveled to the start

A Cycling Plus fan traveled to the start
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Oscar Periero is here in a media capacity

Oscar Periero is here in a media capacity
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All the talk at the start of stage 5 of the Tour de France centred around the likely crosswinds that could play havoc with the peloton. The bunch are set to race from the sleepy town of Carhaix and up towards one of France’s most beautiful coastal landscapes at Cap Frehel.

Predictions were of a strong tailwind before crosswinds from the west within the final 80 kilometres. However at the start the atmosphere was probably the most relaxed it’s been so far in the Tour with the race now in full swing after four pulsating days of racing.

HTC-Highroad will be looking to grab their first stage win of the race after missing out in the team time trial and on stage 3. Brian Holm confirmed that while the crosswinds could play a part the team were 100 percent dedicated to delivering Cavendish to his first stage win since the Champs Elysees last year.