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Last Updated: Saturday, 7 July 2007, 09:43 GMT 10:43 UK
Tour de France photos

Cycling fans in London

Cycling fans line the streets of London as the city stages the start of the Tour de France for the first time

Norwegian cycling fans in London

Norwegians turn out in force to cheer on their popular compatriot Kurt-Asle Arvesen

Michael Boogerd

The Netherlands' Michael Boogerd prepares himself as the racers get ready for the start of the competition

Policemen at the start of the Tour de France

Security is tight but the atmosphere on the streets is excellent as the action gets underway

Gorka Verdugo

Gorka Verdugo of Spain is one of the first to complete the prologue, which runs from Whitehall to The Mall

Mikel Astarloza passes Buckingham Palace

Mikel Astarloza sweeps past Buckingham Palace - one of several London landmarks the race passes by

A cyclist passes near Big Ben

Up to a million people are said to have turned out to witness a historic event for the capital

David Zabriskie passes Buckingham Palace

American David Zabriskie, one of the favourites to win the stage, initially sets the fastest time

Vladimir Karpets

Vladimir Karpets of Russia eclipses Zabriskie's effort to register a time of nine minutes and 17 seconds

Vladimir Gusev

But fellow Russian Vladimir Gusev beats that by around a second to set a new best time

Charlie Wegelius finishes on The Mall

Charlie Wegelius, the first Briton in action, is roared on by the crowd but finishes 31 seconds adrift of Gusev's time

Andreas Kloden

Gusev is displaced by Germany's Andreas Kloden, who storms home in nine minutes and three seconds

Fabian Cancellara

But they are all upstaged by Fabian Cancellara, who wins the stage with a superb time of eight minutes and 50 seconds

David Millar

Britain's David Millar is unable to break into the top places despite a valiant effort

Bradley Wiggins

Londoner Bradley Wiggins, the Olympic gold medallist, seems Britain's best hope and receives a great reception

Bradley Wiggins near Big Ben

Wiggins is desperate to give the London crowd a winning performance but he has to settle for fourth place

Fabian Cancellara

Cancellara's delight is clear as he claims the all-important yellow jersey after a thrilling day's cycling

Understanding the Tour de France
03 Jul 07 |  Cycling


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