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Tour de France 2008

Fabian Wegmann

Germany's Fabian Wegmann awaits the start of stage five of the Tour de France in Cholet with a gruelling 232km trek in front of him

Kim Kirchen

Kim Kirchen gets himself mentally prepared for the journey to Châteauroux which is the longest in this year's Tour

Tour de France stage five

The peloton rides through the French countryside during stage five and enjoy some sunny weather for the first time this year

Didi Senft

German fan Didi Senft - El Diablo - is airbourne as he supports the riders in his own inimitable way

Nicolas Vogondy

French trio of Lilian Jegou, Florent Brard and national champion Nicolas Vogondy break away after 11km

Stefan Schumacher

Yellow jersey holder Stefan Schumacher of Germany leads the peloton as they chase the three escapees

Heinrich Haussler

The pace hots up and German rider Heinrich Haussler is injured after taking a tumble during the latter stages of the race

Sprinters at the Tour de France

And the French trio are finally reeled in by the pack just before the end to set up a thrilling bunch sprint finish.

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish times his finish perfectly and out-sprints Oscar Freire and Erik Zabel to claim his first Tour stage victory

Mark Cavendish

Cavendish celebrates his latest impressive victory, which follows two stage wins on the Giro d'Italia earlier this year

see also
Tour de France stage four photos
08 Jul 08 |  Cycling
Tour de France stage two photos
06 Jul 08 |  Cycling
Tour de France photos
05 Jul 08 |  Cycling

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