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95th Tour de France - GT, France, July 5-27, 2008

Stage 1 - Saturday, July 5: Brest - Plumelec, 197.5km

French marine cadets were part of the ceremonies
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RÚmy Di Gregorio (Franšaise des Jeux) signs in for the fans
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Erik Zabel (Team Milram) was looking ahead
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Thomas L÷vkvist (Columbia) signs an autograph
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The fans were excited
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The Tour village before the start
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Christian Prudhomme
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The peloton passes
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A few new jerseys
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Lilian Jegou (Franšaise des Jeux)
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It's curtains
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Lilian Jegou (Franšaise des Jeux)
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CrÚdit Agricole drives the chase
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) makes his move
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Kim Kirchen (Columbia) tries to follow Valverde
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) exploded out of the peloton
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) fires a warning to his rivals
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) accepts the first yellow jersey
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Few would have expected
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This is what happens
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Riccardo Ricc˛ (Saunier Duval - Scott)
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The Saunier Duval - Scott team
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David De La Fuente (Saunier Duval-Scott)
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Lilian Jegou (Franšaise des Jeux)
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Mauricio Soler (Barloworld)
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Alejando Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
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Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne)
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Riccardo Ricc˛ (Saunier Duval - Scott)
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Damiano Cunego (Lampre)
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas)
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The winner is congratulated
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Cunego breathing hard
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Mauricio Soler (Barloworld)
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Valverde said he had achieved his objectives
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Valverde laps up the applause
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Valverde dons the first leader's jersey.
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Will he defend it
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It wouldn't be a Tour podium
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Riccardo Ricc˛ (Saunier Duval - Scott)
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Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Caisse d'Epargne)
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Note the fine detail
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The peloton in full flight
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Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Caisse d'Epargne)
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The Tour peloton crosses a bridge in Brest.
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All the colours of the Tour.
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The Break included France's favourite son Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom)
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Caisse d'Epargne did a lot of work
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Unfortunately one rider, HervÚ Duclos-Lassalle (Cofidis - Le CrÚdit par TÚlÚphone)
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This is what it may look like if you were part of the bunch.
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Valverde was too strong for the rest
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Valverde in the first yellow jersey
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Cadel Evans (Silence-Lotto)
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David Millar (Team Garmin-Chipotle p/b H30)
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