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Last Updated: Saturday, 1 July 2006, 12:38 GMT 13:38 UK
Tour de France opening stage photos

A cycling fan protests against alleged doping in the sport

A cycling fan inscribes the slogan 'Fans Against Doping' on her chest ahead of the Prologue in Strasbourg

Bert Grabsch sprints for the finish line

Germany's Bert Grabsch sprints for the finishing line of the 7.1 km prologue stage of the Tour De France

Jimmy Engoulvent of France shows the strain

Credit Agricole's Jimmy Engoulvent shows the strain as he launches his bid to take this year's yellow jersey

Wim Vansevenant straining to post a competetive time

Davitamon-Lotto team rider Wim Vansevenant pushes his body to the limit as he tackles the time-trial prologue

Anti-doping banners line the streets of the first stage

Disgruntled cycling fans show their discontent with anti-doping banners dotted along the route of the prologue

Christophe Mengin rides through the heat

Christophe Mengin, riding for the team, heads towards the finish line in the afternoon heat of Strasbourg

Serhiy Honchar  of T-Mobile puts in a dogged performance

The suspension-plagued T-Mobile team see the Ukranian Serhiy Honchar cross the finish line

Michael Rasmussen comes home strongly

The Dane Michael Rasmussen, riding for the Rabobank team in this year's tour, pushes as hard as he can towards the finish

Jens Voigt approaches the finish line

Germany's Jens Voigt of the CSC team sprints for the finish after a gruelling 7.1 km prologue

David Millar pushes off his assault on the Tour De France

Britain's David Millar, returning after a two year drug ban, pushes off attempting to establish a lead in the opening stage

George Hincapie straining to finish first

Discovery Channel's George Hincapie pushes as hard as he can in an attempt to take first place in the prologue

Thor Hushovd adorns his yellow jersey

Thor Hushovd adorns his first yellow jersey after posting a time of 8:17.0 minutes for his credit Agricole team

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