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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 May 2004, 16:55 GMT 17:55 UK
Giro d'Italia week one photos

Australian Bradley McGee sprints towards the finish line to win the prologue

Prologue: Australian Bradley McGee sprints to win the prologue, the time trial opening stage of the 2004 Giro

Fassa Bortolo's Alessandro Petacchi raises his arms as he wins stage one

Stage one: Fassa Bortolo's Alessandro Petacchi out-sprints German Olaf Pollack to win the stage from Genoa to Alba

Olaf Pollock sprays champagne on the podium after taking the overall leader's pink jersey

After narrowly taking second place on the stage, German Pollack takes the overall leader's pink jersey

Damiano Cunego of Italy raises his arms as he crosses the line to win stage two

Stage two: Damiano Cunego of Italy wins a sprint finish to the line to take the stage between Novi Ligure and Pontremoli

Gilberto Simoni sprays champagne on the podium after winning stage three

Stage three: Gilberto Simoni wins the first mountain stage of the race and takes the overall lead by 13 seconds

Alessandro Petacchi celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the fourth stage of the Tour of Italy

Stage four: Alessandro Petacchi overcomes a fall at the 110km mark to win stage four of the Giro d'Italia in a sprint finish

Australia's Robbie McEwen celebrates as he crosses the finish line

Stage five: Australia's Robbie McEwen holds off the challenge of Olaf Pollack and Marco Zanotti to win the 177km fifth stage

Petacchi wins the sixth stage in pouring rain

Stage six: Alessandro Petacchi wins the sixth stage and his third stage victory of Giro d'Italia in pouring rain

Damiano Cunego kisses his hands as he crosses the line to win stage seven

Stage seven: Cunego takes the honours for the second time in the race so far - his win also puts him out in front overall



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