2012 Tour de France Photos - Stage 2

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Race leader Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) before the start in Vise
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They call him "Spartacus"
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Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
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Robert Gesink (Rabobank)
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling) looks forward most to the time trials
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Spartacus
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Philippe Gilbert (BMC)
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Jani Brajkovic and Robert Kiserlovski of Astana
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Johan Van Summeren (Garmin-Sharp)
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Sanchez
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Big George Hincapie (BMC Racing)
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Hincapie
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Gilbert's son is riding his first Tour.  "As long as Mommy doesn't come to take me away, give me a helmet and I'm good to go."
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"Uh oh, here she comes."
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"Maybe if I hide on the handlebars, they'll forget I'm here so I can ride the stage with daddy."
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"Good, they're distracted.  Distractions are good."
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Gilbert and wife Patricia
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"Busted!  It's not fair!"
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Mark Cavendish (Sky Procycling) knows this stage is for him.
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Cancellara
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Frank Schleck (RadioShack)
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Alexandre Vinokourov and Andriy Grivko of Astana
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale)
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Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) likes today's stage too
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Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) knows he's got serious competition for today's stage
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Oscar Freire (Katusha)
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Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank) leads the mountains classification
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Cav, the World Champion
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The peloton is ready on the start line
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And off they go...
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The publicity caravan: LCL (Le Credit Lyonnais) is yellow jersey sponsor
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The LCL lion vehicle.  Wait until the mountains...
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Banette French bread
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Aujourd'hui en France newspaper
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The crowds turned out
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Lotto Belisol rides to set up Andre Greipel for the sprint finish
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Mark Cavendish (Sky), still the king, gets the win ahead of Greipel
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Goss was third
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Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) rides with a wrist fracture
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Another yellow jersey for race leader Cancellara
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Bernard Hinault gives Cancellara a hand
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Laura Shelton (formerly Laura Antoine) gives fellow American Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)
a hand with his Best Young Rider jersey.
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Van Garderen
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