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Stage 09

The first really big stage of the Tour, and one which is sure to spoil a few dreams of victory.

Lance Armstrong has traditionally used the first long individual time trial to stamp his mark on the race.

The rest may just be hoping to stay in touch with him before the Pyrenean mountain stages to come.

Previously: Jens Heppner of Telekom won in 1998.

Don't miss: This is the home of much of the French navy. You can try a boat trip out to the Ile de Groix.

Food and drink: Brittany is one of the few areas of France to produce no wine - but the dry Muscadet and Gros-Plant are from the nearby Loire-Atlantique area.

Link: Lorient

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