This photo shows the early break as it hit the first major climb of the day, the 20% Côte de Saint-Roche. The break included Stuart O'Grady (Gan), Rolf Jaermann (Casino) Kevin Livingsone (Cofidis), and Jonathan Vaughters (US Postal).
The break went away after 30km and lasted until the Stokeu Wall (176 km).

On the Côte de Saint-Roch

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