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Friday, 30 June, 2000, 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
Tour build-up in pictures
The stars of world cycling have gathered in western France for three weeks of torture in the Tour.

But first each must undergo the organisation's health checks, meet the media and put finishing touches to their training.

Lance Armstrong (right) and team-mate Tyler Hamilton
Last year's winner Lance Armstrong (right) and team-mate Tyler Hamilton check over their machinery

Mercatone Uno team
Marco Pantani (right) leads his Mercatone Uno team on a formation training run

Ullrich
German Jan Ullrich shows little sign of his rumoured weight problem at his health check

US Postal training ride
Armstrong and his US Postal team-mates with Futuroscope's modern architechture in the background

Richard Virenque
Medical staff supervise while Richard Virenque goes through his check

Lance Armstrong
The world's media look on as Armstrong undergoes the tests

Erik Zabel
Erik Zabel sees the funny side as he is hooked up to the monitors

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