TDF 2012: Cancellara wins Prologue

Fabian Cancellara, the Swiss time trial champion and overall time trial specialist was expected to win

Fabian Cancellara beat Bradley Wiggins, Prologue TDF 2012

today’s prologue being held in Liege, Belgium, and so he did with a crushing seven-second win over the second best time set by Bradley Wiggins.

British Sky Team rider Wiggins who is being bandied by the media as the rider most likely to win this year’s Tour demonstrated spectacular speed near the finish, a good sign for the multi-stage Tour prospects. It remains to be seen if he can finesse the mountain stages to make the top three in Paris on July 22.

Defending 2011 champion Cadel Evans showed his shape for the coming 19 stages in the Tour by making it into the top 15 finalists.

Bradley Wiggins comes in 2nd at Prologue, TDF 2012

Two riders who showed aggressiveness in last year’s Tour,  French National Champion rider Sylvain Chavanel came in third and Tejay van Garderen fourth.  Edvald Boasson Hagen came in fifth, proving that he will continue to upset the top 10 in 2012.

German National Champion Tony Martin who was favored for a top-10 finish suffered a technical mishap in the take-off and lost 20 seconds, dashing his hopes for any kind of placement.

Wiggins crossed the line a half-second faster than Chavanel with an average speed of 53.2 kilometers per hour.

Though the 6.4 km time trial being held here for the second time will not predict the overall winner of the Tour this year, a bad time in the first stage could severely limit the possibility for a good final

Map of Liege 6.4 km race time trial race course, Source:ASO

time, especially since there are a total of three time trials in this year’s race, including the decisive 19th stage before Paris.

Cancellara is now in the Yellow Jersey. All bets are

on to see if he can hold onto it tomorrow when the Tour hits the 198-km stage in the hilly Ardennes. Top finishers favored for tomorrow are Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale,) Simon Gerrans, (Orica-Greenedge,) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Overall Classification After Prologue

1. SUICANCELLARA Fabian 12 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 07′ 13”
2. GBRWIGGINS Bradley 101 SKY PROCYCLING 07′ 20” + 00′ 07”
3. FRACHAVANEL Sylvain 192 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 07′ 20” + 00′ 07”
4. USAVAN GARDEREN Tejay 9 BMC RACING TEAM 07′ 23” + 00′ 10”
5. NORBOASSON HAGEN Edvald 102 SKY PROCYCLING 07′ 24” + 00′ 11”
6. AUSLANCASTER Brett Daniel 206 ORICA GREENEDGE 07′ 24” + 00′ 11”
7. GERGRETSCH Patrick 215 TEAM ARGOS-SHIMANO 07′ 25” + 00′ 12”
8. RUSMENCHOV Denis 131 KATUSHA TEAM 07′ 26” + 00′ 13”
9. BELGILBERT Philippe 4 BMC RACING TEAM 07′ 26” + 00′ 13”
10. UKRGRIVKO Andriy 184 ASTANA PRO TEAM 07′ 28” + 00′ 15”
11. GBRFROOME Christopher 105 SKY PROCYCLING 07′ 29” + 00′ 16”
12. SVKVELITS Peter 199 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 07′ 30” + 00′ 17”
13. AUSEVANS Cadel 1 BMC RACING TEAM 07′ 30” + 00′ 17”
14. ITANIBALI Vincenzo 51 LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE 07′ 31” + 00′ 18”
15. CANHESJEDAL Ryder 61 GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA 07′ 31” + 00′ 18”
16. GBRMILLAR David 66 GARMIN-SHARP-BARRACUDA 07′ 31” + 00′ 18”
17. GBRCUMMINGS Stephen 3 BMC RACING TEAM 07′ 31” + 00′ 18”
18. GERVOIGT Jens 18 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 07′ 32” + 00′ 19”
19. GERKLÖDEN Andréas 15 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 07′ 32” + 00′ 19”
20. BELNUYENS Nick 176 TEAM SAXO BANK-TINKOFF BANK 07′ 33” + 00′ 20”
21. SUIALBASINI Michael 202 ORICA GREENEDGE 07′ 33” + 00′ 20”
22. USAHINCAPIE George 5 BMC RACING TEAM 07′ 33” + 00′ 20”