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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 July 2003, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Tour de France stage three photos

Australian Bradley McGee sports the leader's yellow jersey alongside compatriot Robbie McEwen

Yellow jersey holder Bradley McGee and compatriot Robbie McEwen lead the way as the Tour embarks on the third stage

The riders enter the countryside

The riders enter the picturesque French countryside as they leave Charleville-Mézières

Carlos Da Cruz, Unai Etxebarria and Maryan Haryand lead the way after 33km

A three-man group comprising of Carlos Da Cruz, Unai Etxebarria and Maryan Haryand break away from the field after 33km

A supporter eating by the side of the road cheers on the cyclists during the third stage

A spectator enjoys the weather and some typical French food and wine as the peloton breezes by

Lance Armstrong in action during the third stage

US Postal's Lance Armstrong takes up his position safely in the peloton during the third stage

Frenchman Anthony Geslin moves away from the peloton

Frenchman Anthony Geslin of Brioches la Boulangere makes a bold bid to leave the pack after 83 kilometres

The peloton enjoys a long flat stretch of road

The peloton winds its way through the countryside in pursuit of Geslin, who starts to build a sizeable lead

Australia's Bradley McGee wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey rides with the pack

Australia's Bradley McGee, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, takes up a comfortable position within the field

The peloton is forced off the road by protesters

A number of cyclists are forced to take evasive action due to protests by French arts industry workers

The peloton sweeps through corn fields

The peloton sweeps through corn fields as the majority of the riders close in on breakaway leader Geslin

Italian Alessandro Petacchi sprints towards the finish line and wins the third stage

The riders move into Saint-Dizier with Alessandro Petacchi hitting the front to claim his second stage win

Frenchman Jean-Patrick Nazon celebrates on the podium after claiming the yellow jersey after the third stage

Jean-Patrick Nazon celebrates becoming the first Frenchman since Francois Simon in 2001 to wear the leader's yellow jersey




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