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Last Updated: Tuesday, 6 July 2004, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
Tour de France stage three photos

Norways Thor Hushovd

Norway's Thor Hushovd waits for the start of the third stage - a 210km ride from Waterloo to Wasquehal

Dutch rider Bram De Groot and Germany's Jens Voigt

Dutch rider Bram De Groot and Germany's Jens Voigt make a break from the peloton after just three kilometres

Thor Hushovd rides in the chasing pack

Hushovd rides along in the chasing pack as the Tour leaves Belgium behind and enters France


The riders in the main peloton work together to catch De Groot and Voigt with around 40km remaining

US Postal team

Lance Armstrong's US Postal team toil over the cobbles as the peloton splits into two groups

Lance Armstrong

Race favourite Armstrong builds up his strength as the leading peloton closes in on the finish in Wasquehal

Jean-Patrick Nazon (centre) and Erik Zabel  (left)

But the American is nowhere in sight as Jean-Patrick Nazon (centre) and Erik Zabel (left) sprint for the line

Jean-Patrick Nazon

Frenchman Nazon, who won the final stage of last year's race, claims the victory for his AG2R team

Robbie McEwen

Australia's Robbie McEwen finishes stage three in third place to claim the yellow jersey by one second

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