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Last Updated: Monday, 5 July 2004, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Tour de France stage two photos

France's Richard Virenque

France's Richard Virenque adjusts his glasses before starting the 195km ride from from Charleroi to Namur

Le Tour peloton

A supporter offers his encouragement as the peloton winds its way through the Walloon region of Belgium

France's Jean-Cyril Robin

France's Jean-Cyril Robin leads Denmark's Jakob Piil and fellow Frenchman Jerome Pineau as a group of six riders break away

Germany's Sebastian Lang

Germany's Sebastian Lang takes over at the head of the lead group as they make a final surge towards the finish line

The peloton

But the peloton refuse to give up the chase and are closing in with each passing kilometre

Norway's Kurt-Asle Arvesen

Norway's Kurt-Asle Arvesen (right) and Cofidis rider Jimmy Casper crash as the riders jostle in the final sprint

Australia's Robbie McEwen

Australia's Robbie McEwen outsprints the pack to take his fourth stage victory on the Tour

Thor Hushovd

Thor Hushovd finishes second and becomes the first Norwegan to claim the yellow jersey

Fabian Cancellara

Overnight leader Fabian Cancellara dons the white jersey after finishing the second stage in the peleton

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