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The Tour De France's First Two Stages Were Interrupted By A Bus And A Dog

And we've only just begun!

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The start of the 2013 Tour de France on Saturday was as picturesque as one can imagine.

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But this rolling ride through incredibly scenic terrain soon got a little insane.

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Because what race organizers didn't prepare for was one of the team buses getting stuck at the finish line.

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The resulting confusion/chaos actually caused a crash near the stage's conclusion and dozens of riders from the peloton went down.

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Eventually, the bus tires were deflated and it was cleared from the finish line.

The second stage was just a little more quiet, except for that time a dog that almost WIPED OUT THE PELOTON.

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Of course, it also happened in the 2007 race. We should always remain vigilant against the stray dog-road race menace.

And after today's third stage, we've still got 1,769 and two-thirds miles to go before a winner is crowned in Paris, so who knows what's yet to come.

Belgium's Jan Bakelants is the overall leader, but the Stage 3 winner was Simon Gerrans of the Orica GreenEdge team ... whose bus got stuck on day one.

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