Tour de France

Cancellara wins TDF prologue

2012-06-30 17:27
Fabian Cancellara (Gallo Images)
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The route for the 2012 edition of the Tour de France.

Liege - Olympic champion Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the race-opening prologue of the Tour de France on Saturday to claim the first leader's yellow jersey of the 99th edition.

RadioShack rider Cancellara, who clocked a winning time of 7:13.46 for the 6.4km course, repeated his feat of 2004 on an almost identical course in the centre of Liege to boost what has been a disastrous season.

Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Sky), the favourite for overall victory, was second at 7 seconds, less than half a second ahead of Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel of Omega-Pharma.

"It's great. I'm really proud to have won here today eight years after my first Tour victory in Liege," said Cancellara.

"It hasn't been the best season for me, but this really helps make amends.

"You can't ask for a better start. I left everything out on the road today and am very proud of what I've achieved."

Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Sky), the favourite for overall victory, was second at 7 seconds, less than half a second ahead of Frenchman Sylvain Chavanel of Omega-Pharma.

"I'm really happy, the legs felt good and I stayed calm and relaxed," said Wiggins.

"It's a good start and the main thing was to stay upright, safe and trouble-free - it's nice to get this first day out of the way.

"Fair play to Fabian, he's the best in the world at what he does and I think he proved that again today."

Although only a short time trial, some yellow jersey contenders as well as a handful of outsiders hoping to challenge for the race's big prize were left counting their gains and losses.

Defending yellow jersey champion Cadel Evans of Australia was last off the ramp and limited his losses on Wiggins by finishing 13th at 17 seconds behind Cancellara and 10 seconds behind Wiggins.

"It was not good, but not bad," said Evans, a two-time runner-up who in 2011 became the first Australian to win the race.

"Of course I'd rather concede less seconds, you never want to lose time.

"There's only one GC (general classification) rider ahead of me, but I was half expecting that with Wiggins, with his background in very short, flat efforts.

"It's 6.4km out of 3 500km, so in that regard it's a small comparison. The real racing starts tomorrow."

Any disappointment from the BMC camp on his performance will be balanced out by Tejay Van Garderen's promising fourth-place finish, at 10 seconds behind Cancellara.

The American, who is set to be one of Evans's main helpers in the mountains, thus pulled on the white jersey for the best placed rider overall aged 25 and under.

Italian Vincenzo Nibali, considered by many as the man most likely to threaten Wiggins and Evans, did well to finish 14th just 11 seconds behind the Londoner and 1 second behind Evans.

Some outsiders have however already lost precious time.

Luxembourg's Frank Schleck, who finished third overall last year, finished 135th at 38 seconds behind team-mate Cancellara.

Movistar's contender Alejandro Valverde of Spain, who is hoping for a podium spot, finished at 35 seconds.

Others who had been hoping to grab victory and start the race Sunday wearing the fabled yellow jersey suffered misfortune.

Slovakia's Peter Sagan, heralded as a big challenger to Cancellara, did not get the start he expected and lost more time when his foot came out of his pedal cleat as he negotiated a left hand bend.

The Slovakian eventually finished 52nd at 24 seconds behind.

Germany's Tony Martin, who succeeded Cancellara as world time trial champion in 2011, was firing on all cylinders until he suffered a puncture which probably cost him the yellow jersey.

He ended up finishing 44th at just 23 seconds behind the Swiss winner.

"It was on a good time, but after my puncture I had to change bike. Without that I would have had an even better time," said the Omega-Pharma rider.

"I'm disappointed, of course. I've been planning for this for a long time."

Results in the prologue to the Tour de France - a 6.4km ride around Liege - on Saturday:

1. Fabian Cancellara (SUI/RSH) 7:13 (average: 53,2 km/h)
2. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/SKY) at 0:07.
3. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/OPQ) 0:07.
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:10.
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) 0:11.
6. Brett Lancaster (AUS/GEC) 0:11.
7. Patrick Gretsch (GER/ARG) 0:12.
8. Denis Menchov (RUS/KAT) 0:13.
9. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 0:13.
10. Andriy Grivko (UKR/AST) 0:15.
11. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:16.
12. Peter Velits (SVK/OPQ) 0:17.
13. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:17.
14. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 0:18.
15. Steven Cummings (ENG/BMC) 0:18.
16. David Millar (GBR/GRM) 0:18.
17. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 0:18.
18. Jens Voigt (GER/RSH) 0:19.
19. Andreas Kloden (GER/RSH) 0:19.
20. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 0:20.
21. George Hincapie (USA/BMC) 0:20.
22. Michael Albasini (SUI/GEC) 0:20.
23. Nick Nuyens (BEL/SAX) 0:20.
24. Lieuwe Westra (NED/VAC) 0:20.
25. Marcel Kittel (GER/ARG) 0:21.
26. Christian Knees (GER/SKY) 0:21.
27. Tyler Farrar (USA/GRM) 0:21.
28. Matthieu Ladagnous (FRA/FDJ) 0:21.
29. Ruben Plaza (ESP/MOV) 0:21.
30. Bauke Mollema (NED/RAB) 0:21.
31. Daryl Impey (RSA/GEC) 0:22.
32. Kristjan Koren (SLO/LIQ) 0:22.
33. Sebastian Langeveld (NED/GEC) 0:22.
34. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 0:22.
35. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 0:22.
36. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) 0:22.
37. Maxime Monfort (BEL/RSH) 0:22.
38. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 0:22.
39. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 0:22.
40. Andre Greipel (GER/LTB) 0:23.
41. Stuart O'Grady (AUS/GEC) 0:23.
42. Mark Cavendish (IDM/SKY) 0:23.
43. Mikel Astarloza (ESP/EUS) 0:23.
44. Marco Marcato (ITA/VAC) 0:23.
45. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 0:23.
46. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:23.
47. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:24.
48. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 0:24.
49. Gustav Erik Larsson (SWE/VAC) 0:24.
50. Daniel Martin (IRL/GRM) 0:24.
51. Sergio Paulinho (POR/SAX) 0:24.
52. Wout Poels (NED/VAC) 0:24.
53. Vladimir Gusev (RUS/KAT) 0:24.
54. Peter Sagan (SVK/LIQ) 0:24.
55. Michael Morkov (DEN/SAX) 0:24.
56. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/MOV) 0:25.
57. Bram Tankink (NED/RAB) 0:25.
58. Pieter Weening (NED/GEC) 0:25.
59. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/SKY) 0:25.
60. Michael Rogers (AUS/SKY) 0:25.
61. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/SAU) 0:25.
62. Rui Costa (POR/MOV) 0:25.
63. Jerome Coppel (FRA/SAU) 0:25.
64. Bert Grabsch (GER/OPQ) 0:26.
65. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE/AST) 0:26.
66. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP/MOV) 0:26.
67. Alessandro Vanotti (ITA/LIQ) 0:26.
68. Nicolas Roche (IRL/ALM) 0:26.
69. David Zabriskie (USA/GRM) 0:26.
70. Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ/AST) 0:26.
71. Robert Gesink (NED/RAB) 0:26.
72. Anthony Roux (FRA/FDJ) 0:27.
73. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP/RAB) 0:27.
74. Koen de Kort (NED/ARG) 0:27.
75. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC) 0:28.
76. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 0:28.
77. Daniel Oss (ITA/LIQ) 0:28.
78. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB) 0:28.
79. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 0:28.
80. Danilo Hondo (GER/LAM) 0:28.
81. Levi Leipheimer (USA/OPQ) 0:28.
82. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 0:28.
83. Simon Gerrans (AUS/GEC) 0:29.
84. Tony Gallopin (FRA/RSH) 0:29.
85. Michael Schar (SWI/BMC) 0:29.
86. Dries Devenyns (BEL/OPQ) 0:29.
87. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 0:29.
88. Ivan Basso (ITA/LIQ) 0:29.
89. Sandy Casar (FRA/FDJ) 0:29.
90. Matthew Goss (AUS/GEC) 0:29.
91. Maartens Tjallingii (NED/RAB) 0:30.
92. Maarten Wijnants (BEL/RAB) 0:30.
93. Johan Van Summeren (BEL/GRM) 0:30.
94. Amal Moinard (FRA/BMC) 0:30.
95. Steven Kruijswijk (NED/RAB) 0:30.
96. Jan Ghyselinck (BEL/COF) 0:31.
97. Maxime Bouet (FRA/ALM) 0:31.
98. Jerome Pineau (FRA/OPQ) 0:31.
99. Tom Danielson (USA/GRM) 0:31.
100. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/MOV) 0:31.
101. Bernhard Eisel (AUT/SKY) 0:32.
102. Rob Ruijgh (NED/VAC) 0:32.
103. Maxim Iglinskiy (KAZ/AST) 0:32.
104. Robert Hunter (RSA/GRM) 0:33.
105. Nicki Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 0:33.
106. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 0:33.
107. Jos Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) 0:33.
108. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/EUS) 0:33.
109. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 0:33.
110. Tom Veelers (NED/ARG) 0:34.
111. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 0:34.
112. Sylvester Szmyd (POL/LIQ) 0:34.
113. Chris Horner (USA/RSH) 0:34.
114. Albert Timmer (NED/ARG) 0:34.
115. Juan Jos Haedo (ARG/SAX) 0:34.
116. Laurens ten Dam (NED/RAB) 0:35.
117. Eduard Vorganov (RUS/KAT) 0:35.
118. Pablo Urtasun (ESP/EUS) 0:35.
119. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:35.
120. Martin Velits (SVK/OPQ) 0:36.
121. Christophe Kern (FRA/EUC) 0:36.
122. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR/RSH) 0:36.
123. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ/AST) 0:36.
124. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA/SAU) 0:36.
125. Oscar Freire (ESP/KAT) 0:36.
126. Alessandro Petacchi (ITA/LAM) 0:36.
127. Kevin De Weert (BEL/OPQ) 0:37.
128. Dominik Nerz (GER/LIQ) 0:37.
129. Yann Huguet (FRA/ARG) 0:37.
130. Jonathan Cantwell (AUS/SAX) 0:37.
131. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 0:37.
132. Michele Scarponi (ITA/LAM) 0:37.
133. Borut Bozic (SLO/AST) 0:38.
134. Luca Paolini (ITA/KAT) 0:38.
135. Chris Anker Sorensen (DEN/SAX) 0:38.
136. Sebastien Minard (FRA/ALM) 0:38.
137. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC) 0:38.
138. Frank Schleck (LUX/RSH) 0:38.
139. David Moncoutie (FRA/COF) 0:39.
140. Andre Kashechkin (KAZ/AST) 0:39.
141. Kris Boeckmans (BEL/VAC) 0:39.
142. Baden Cooke (AUS/GEC) 0:39.
143. Karsten Kroon (NED/SAX) 0:40.
144. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/SAU) 0:40.
145. Johannes Frohlinger (GER/ARG) 0:40.
146. Jelle Vanendert (BEL/LTB) 0:40.
147. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/EUS) 0:40.
148. Fabrice Jeandesboz (FRA/SAU) 0:41.
149. Jorge Azanza (ESP/EUS) 0:41.
150. Brice Feillu (FRA/SAU) 0:41.
151. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR/KAT) 0:42.
152. Joan Horrach (ESP/KAT) 0:42.
153. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:42.
154. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/AST) 0:42.
155. Francis de Greef (BEL/LTB) 0:42.
156. Federico Canuti (ITA/LIQ) 0:43.
157. Kenny van Hummel (NED/VAC) 0:43.
158. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/FDJ) 0:43.
159. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 0:44.
160. Rafael Valls (ESP/VAC) 0:44.
161. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (ESP/MOV) 0:44.
162. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 0:44.
163. Mark Renshaw (AUS/RAB) 0:44.
164. Julien Fouchard (FRA/COF) 0:44.
165. Jurgen Roelandts (BEL/LTB) 0:45.
166. Simone Stortoni (ITA/LAM) 0:45.
167. Mathieu Sprick (FRA/ARG) 0:45.
168. Sebastien Hinault (FRA/ALM) 0:45.
169. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 0:45.
170. Giovanni Bernaudeau (FRA/EUC) 0:45.
171. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/COF) 0:46.
172. Davide Malacarne (ITA/EUC) 0:46.
173. Julien Simon (FRA/SAU) 0:46.
174. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 0:46.
175. Johnny Hoogerland (NED/VAC) 0:47.
176. Nicolas Edet (FRA/COF) 0:47.
177. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA/COF) 0:47.
178. Romain Zingle (BEL/COF) 0:48.
179. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 0:49.
180. Yauheni Hutarovich (BLR/FDJ) 0:49.
181. Cedric Pineau (FRA/FDJ) 0:50.
182. Yuri Krivtsov (UKR/LAM) 0:50.
183. Egoi Martinez (ESP/EUS) 0:50.
184. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA/SAU) 0:51.
185. Amets Txurruka (ESP/EUS) 0:52.
186. Marco Marzano (ITA/LAM) 0:52.
187. Grega Bole (SLO/LAM) 0:52.
188. Giampaolo Caruso (ITA/KAT) 0:55.
189. Vincent Jrme (FRA/EUC) 0:57.
190. Luis Angel Mat (ESP/COF) 0:57.
191. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/SAU) 1:01.
192. Gorka Verdugo (ESP/EUS) 1:01.
193. Ruben Perez Moreno (ESP/EUS) 1:02.
194. Davide Vigano (ITA/LAM) 1:02.
195. Anders Lund (DEN/SAX) 1:03.
196. Matthew Lloyd (AUS/LAM) 1:05.
197. Mickal Cherel (FRA/ALM) 1:06.
198. Roy Curvers (NED/ARG) 1:06.

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