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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2007, 09:48 GMT 10:48 UK
Tour de France - stage one photos

The start banner for the 2007 Tour de France

The first stage of the 94th Tour de France gets underway with a 203km ride from London to Canterbury in Kent

Riders go past Big Ben

The riders stroll through the London streets towards Tower Bridge, where the pre-race starts

The riders pass St Paul's

Stage one actually begins at Greenwich - the pre-race is another chance to show off London's famous landmarks

Fabian Cancellara waits for the start of the pre-race

Fabian Cancellara, wearing the yellow jersey having won Saturday's prologue, waits at Tower Bridge for the start

Guards on Tower Bridge

British guards play The Marseillaise followed by the British anthem before the procession to Greenwich begins

The race starts at Tower Bridge

The riders set off from Tower Bridge - an awesome sight on a beautiful morning in the English capital

Cycling fans in London

Interest in the race is huge and thousands of people line the streets to catch a glimpse of the action

David Millar

After the stage begins at Greenwich, Britain's David Millar leads a breakaway group of five riders

Mark Cavendish before the race

Hopes are high for Mark Cavendish - but bike problems destroy the Briton's chances

The race moves into Kent

The riders gradually make their way out of the city and into the greener surroundings of Kent

The race passes through Goudhurst in Kent

The locals turn out in force to cheer the riders on as the race passes through the picturesque village of Goudhurst in Kent

The pack passes through the Kent countryside

Others decide to lend their support while soaking up the hot sunshine in the countryside

David Millar

Millar is desperate to win on British soil but begins to flounder with 50km to go and is overtaken

Robbie McEwen wins

Australian Robbie McEwen comes from nowhere to win a thrilling sprint to the finish in Canterbury

Robbie McEwen crosses the line

The win is a sweet moment for McEwen, who now has 12 Tour stage victories to his name

Robbie McEwen gets the green jersey

McEwen, who looked out of contention just 5km from the end, gets his first green jersey of 2007

Fabian Cancellara with the yellow jersey

But Cancellara's triumph in London the previous day means he keeps the overall leader's yellow jersey

David Millar

Millar is rewarded for his aggressive cycling with the polka dot jersey given to the King of Mountains leader



SEE ALSO
Understanding the Tour de France
03 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Cancellara claims Tour prologue
07 Jul 07 |  Cycling
Le Tour prologue as it happened
07 Jul 07 |  Cycling


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