Saturday, June 30, 2012

2012 Tour de France, Prologue Results

Cancellara in yellow on day one - for the 5th time!

Cancellara was the first rider born in the 1980s to win at the Tour de France and that was in  Liège eight years ago when he beat the eventual winner of the 2004 Tour, Lance Armstrong, by two seconds. This time around he beat one of the favorites for the title, Bradley Wiggins by seven seconds. Each time the Tour has started on foreign soil since he first started winning at the Tour, Cancellara has won on the opening day. He matches Bernard Hinault's efforts of winning on day one five times. The four-time TT world champion will take the yellow jersey again (matching his efforts from Liege in 2004, London in 2007, Monaco in 2009, Rotterdam in 2010).


Immediately after finishing 14th, Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale) said, "I'm not a specialist but I think I did very well. In the morning I rode and studied the route very carefully (the prologue started at 2pm). I am very satisfied with my test."



Michele Scarponi finished 129th (of 198 riders) saying afterwards, "Generally, I suffer in prologues. I imagined that I might lose several seconds to the specialists but my test was still good. If I have to search for where I could have improved I would say that I did not push hard enough in the first two roundabouts when the wind was blowing in a favorable direction and I was not aggressive enough in tackling the curves on the cobblestones."

Full results:
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:07:13
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:11
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:12
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:13
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:15
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:16
12 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:17
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp
16 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp
17 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team
18 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19
19 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan
20 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:00:20
21 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
22 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team
23 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team
24 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
25 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:21
26 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
27 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling
28 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
29 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
30 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp
31 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22
32 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
33 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale
34 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
35 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp
36 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling
37 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
38 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
39 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
40 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:23
41 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling
42 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
43 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
44 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
45 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
46 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
47 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:24
48 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
49 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
50 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan
51 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
52 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
53 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
54 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
55 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp
56 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25
57 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team
58 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
59 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team
60 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
61 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling
62 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
63 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling
64 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
65 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:26
66 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
67 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team
68 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
69 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Sharp
70 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
71 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
72 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:27
73 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
74 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
75 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:28
76 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
77 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
78 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD
79 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team
80 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
81 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team
82 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team
83 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:29
84 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
85 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
86 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
87 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
88 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
89 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team
90 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
91 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:30
92 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
93 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
94 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team
95 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team
96 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:31
97 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
98 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team
99 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
100 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp
101 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 0:00:32
102 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
103 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
104 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:33
105 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
106 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp
107 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
108 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
109 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
110 Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:34
111 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos - Shimano
112 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
113 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan
114 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale
115 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
116 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:35
117 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
118 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
119 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
120 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:36
121 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan
122 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
123 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
124 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
125 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
126 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
127 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:37
128 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
129 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
130 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
131 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano
132 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
133 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:38
134 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
135 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
136 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan
137 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
138 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
139 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:39
140 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
141 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
142 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
143 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:40
144 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank
145 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
146 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
147 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
148 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:41
149 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
150 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
151 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:42
152 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team
153 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team
154 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team
155 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
156 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:43
157 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
158 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
159 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:44
160 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
161 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team
162 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
163 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar
164 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
165 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano 0:00:45
166 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
167 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
168 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar
169 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team
170 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD
171 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:46
172 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
173 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
174 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar
175 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:47
176 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
177 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
178 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:48
179 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49
180 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat
181 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:50
182 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD
183 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
184 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:51
185 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 0:00:52
186 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
187 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD
188 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:55
189 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:57
190 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
191 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:01
192 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun
193 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:02
194 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi
195 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:01:03
196 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD 0:01:05
197 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:06
198 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos - Shimano

Tomorrow: Stage 1, Liège-Seraing, 198 km. TdF analysis by Jean-François Pescheux:
"This stage is no leg breaker, but it still is bumpy enough to dampen the hopes of pure sprinters. In other words, I do not think Cavendish will be among those fighting for the win. I hope I am wrong, but I think he will be dropped before reaching Seraing. The course is less demanding than in 1995, when Bruyneel and Indurain blew the race apart on the road to Liège, but it comes very close to the Ardennes and, at 198 km, the stage distance is nothing to sneeze at. In short, we wanted to preserve the peloton's energy while setting the tone for the rest of the race. We will see..."

Photos by: Bettini

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