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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 July 2003, 13:30 GMT 14:30 UK
Tour de France stage one photos

Brad McGee and David Millar lead the riders during a parade through Paris

Yellow jersey holder Brad McGee and second-placed David Millar lead the riders on a parade through Paris before stage one

Riders gather for the start of stage one, the Au Reveil Matin cafe in Montgeron, the starting point of the first stage of the inaugural race in 1903

Stage one begins at the Au Reveil Matin cafe in Montgeron, the starting point of the first stage of the inaugural race in 1903

Riders ride alongside the river

The peloton ride away from Paris, heading from Montgeron towards Meaux for the race's first full-length stage

Jimmy Casper is attended to by medical staff as he lies on the ground after falling

The peloton are bunched in the closing stages and Jimmy Casper suffers when a falling rider causes a massive pile-up

Gerolsteiner's Olaf Pollack picks up his bike and walks away after a mass crash

The crash brings down a number of riders, including Gerolsteiner's Olaf Pollack, and holds up the rest of the field

The small bunch of riders to escape the crash sprint for the line, with Alessandro Petacchi (centre) emerging victorious

The few riders who escape the crash sprint for the line, with Alessandro Petacchi (centre) emerging victorious

Lance Armstrong retrieves his bike after being brought down in the mass crash

Lance Armstrong of US Postal retrieves his bike after being brought down in the mass crash close to the finish

CSC's Tyler Hamilton is treated in an ambulance

CSC rider Tyler Hamilton, one of those fancied to challenge Armstrong, will ride on despite breaking his collarbone

Alessandro Petacchi celebrates his stage win on the podium

Alessandro Petacchi of the Fassa Bortolo team celebrates on the podium after winning stage one

Robbie McEwen pulls on the green jersey for best sprinter

Australian Robbie McEwen takes over the green sprinters' jersey after taking maximum points in the first sprint of the day

Christophe Mengin of Francaise des Jeux pulls on the polka dot jersey for best climber

Francaise des Jeux's Christophe Mengin wins the two climbs of the day to earn the first polka dot jersey of this year's race

Brad McGee stands on the podium wearing the yellow jersey

With riders caught up in the crash given the same finishing time as the winners, Brad McGee retains the overall lead



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