2012 Tour de France prologue – Cancellara and Wiggins top class

Fabian Cancellara has beaten Braldey Wiggins top time by a monstrous 7 seconds in the short 6.4km Tour de France prologue in Liege, Belgium. The course was flat and technical as most prologues are giving way to some significant time gaps amongst the favourites for just six and a half kilometres of racing. The early time that looked to be unbeatable was set by Sylvain Chavanel coming in at 7minutes and 20 seconds. Then as the final riders went out on the day, Bradley Wiggins beat that time by less than half a second. The final two riders of the day were Cancellara and Evans with Fabian smashing the best time and Evans holding Wggins within his sight losing a mere 10 seconds.

Surprsingly good rides today by GC Contenders were Denis Menchov in 8th, Ryder Hesjedal and Vincenzo Nibali. Surprisingly Bad… Valverde, Schleck, and Sanchez.

Tomorrow is the first stage of the race with a number of hills along the 198km route into Seraing. The uphill finish is a 2.4km climb at 4.7% and should be enough to produce some gaps. Look for Philippe Gilbert to try and salvage what has been a horrible season for him by trying to grab the win on home soil. Alejandro Valverde could be active on this day as well.

Tour prologue Top Ten:
1. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)_____7’13”
2. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_______+7″
3. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)______+7″
4. Teejay Van Garderen (BMC)___+10″
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)__+11″
6. Brett Lancaster (OGE)_______+11″
7. Patrick Gretsch (ARG)_______+12″
8. Denis Menchov (KAT)_________+13″
9. Phillipe Gilbert (BMC)______+13″
10. Andrei Grivko (AST)________+15″

Full prologue classification: LeTour.fr

General Classification after the Prologue:
1. Fabian Cancellara (RNT)_____7’13”
2. Bradley Wiggins (SKY)_______+7″
3. Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)______+7″
4. Teejay Van Garderen (BMC)___+10″
5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)_+11″
6. Brett Lancaster (OGE)_______+11″
7. Patrick Gretsch (ARG)_______+12″
8. Denis Menchov (KAT)________+13″
9. Phillipe Gilbert (BMC)________+13″
10. Andrei Grivko (AST)________+15″

13. Cadel Evans________________+17″
14. Vincenzo Nibali______________+18″
15. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)______+18″

56. Nicolas Roche (ALM)________+25″

65. Robert Gesink (RAB)________+26″

77. Jurgen Van DenBroeck (LTB)_+28″

90. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+29″

116. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)___+35″

129. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+37″

136. Frank Schleck (RNT)_______+38″

145. Sammy Sanchez (EUS)_____+40″

Full General Classification: LeTour.fr

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