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Last Updated: Monday, 9 July 2007, 10:37 GMT 11:37 UK
Tour de France - stage two photos

The start of the second stage of the Tour de France

The second stage of the Tour starts in Dunkirk in France and crosses the border to finish in the Belgian town of Ghent

Robbie McEwen signs autographs before the race

Robbie McEwen, wearing the green jersey he secured by winning stage one, races despite a wrist injury

The stage is about to start in Dunkirk

Photographers and riders get ready at the starting point for the 168.5km (104.7 miles) race

Switzerland?s Fabian Cancellara

Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara has the overall leader's yellow jersey following his blistering effort in Saturday's prologue

Riders make a cautious start

The riders pass the 10km mark with no sign of anyone being willing to make a move

Ruben Perez, Marcel Sieberg and Cedric Herve

Spain's Ruben Perez (left), German Marcel Sieberg (centre) and Cedric Herve of France make their move after 18km

Spectators dressed up as Napoleonic soldiers watch the pack

Men dressed as Napoleonic soldiers greet the pack as they make their way through the countryside

A Belgian cycling fan

The welcome is equally warm when the riders make their way across the border into Belgium

Heavy rain falls during the Tour de France

The Belgian weather is less welcoming as heavy rain suddenly starts to fall, making conditions difficult

The USA's Fred Rodriguez receives treatment

A nasty looking crash inside the last 3km involving many riders causes havoc and leaves several hurt

Gert Steegmans

Tom Boonen looks set to win the stage but he is edged out in a sprint to the line by Quick-Step team-mate Gert Steegmans

Fabian Cancellara finishes the stage

Cancellara falls heavily in the crash and crosses the line nursing a hurt arm - but he will retain the yellow jersey

David Millar

David Millar remains in third place while fellow Briton Bradley Wiggins remains in fifth



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