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2010 Tour de France: Fabian Cancellara wins the prologue in Rotterdam

Added: sunday 04 July 2010 at 1:35:00
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    2010 Tour de France: Fabian Cancellara wins the prologue in RotterdamThis afternoon the prologue of the Tour de France 2010 took place in Rotterdam in The Netherlands. For the 4th time in the history of the Tour de France, Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) won this initial individual time trial and thus took the first yellow jersey of the 97th edition of the Tour.

    Partially run under the rain, this time trial has become more dangerous for some riders, but Spartacus was lucky ... the sun popped through again when he did his solitary effort.

    The summary of the prologue of the Tour de France 2010

    The Dutch spectators were quite numerous at the start in Rotterdam but I think they were less than expected. Maybe the bad weather kept people at home watching the prologue on TV ?!

    Tony MartinQuite quickly after the start of this prologue at 4.15PM, the German rider Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) set the best time at 10'10". Indeed, usually the best riders start latest in a prologue, but several teams tried to let their best riders ride without rain: by betting on the rain to arrive at the end of the day, they made them start early and Tony Martin thus came to the start in the 11th position, without rain but with a humid road anyway.

    Fabian CancellaraHis time was maintained as the reference time for a very long time, until Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank), who started among the last riders to start, gets over it for 10 seconds! Spartacus didn't use a motor to do so (his bike was one of the 14 bikes being scanned by the UCI), but he was lucky with the changing weather. Indeed, it stopped raining and when the Swiss was doing his time trial, even the sun came through. He thus probably managed to take the bends a bit easier and faster than the German rider who was on a humid road.

    Among the favourites of this Tour de France 2010 we should of course mention the very good performance of Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) who recently announced this will be his last Tour. He finished in 10'22" and thus took the 4th place in this prologue. The other big favourite, Alberto Contador (Astana) follows the American rider at 4 seconds and even though the time difference thus is quite small, this is a psychological disappointment for El Pistolero !
    The Schleck brothers (Team Saxo Bank) were a bit disappointing, with Fränk in 79th position at 0'57" and his younger brother Andy in 122nd position at 1'09" behind Cancellara.
    The winner of the Tour de France 2008, Carlos Sastre (Cervélo TestTeam) is at 54 seconds behind the Swiss rider while Cadel Evans (BMC Racing Team) is 39 seconds behind, just like Luis Léon Sanchez (Caisse d'Epargne) while his homonym, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), is 56 seconds behind.

    Mathias Frank, the young Swiss rider of the BMC Racing Team fell during this time trial and had to give up. Manuel Cardoso (Footon-Servetto) also fell but he will most probably be at the start anyway tomorrow. The peloton will thus contain 196 riders at the start of the stage from Rotterdam to Brussels.

    The photos of the prologue of the Tour de France 2010

    You can check out a selection of my photos for the Tour de France 2010 here!

    The classifications of the Tour de France 2010 after the prologue

    Stage, general and points classification

    Fabian CancellaraAfter this prologue, the stage ranking, the general classification and the classification by points is of course exactly the same. Their top 10 now is as follows:
    1/ Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) - 10'00"
    2/ Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) - +00'10"
    3/ David Millar (Garmin-Transitions) - +00'20"
    4/ Lance Armstrong (Team Radioshack) - +00'22"
    5/ Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - +00'23"
    6/ Alberto Contador (Astana) - +00'27"
    7/ Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions) - +00'28"
    8/ Levi Leipheimer (Team Radioshack) - +00'28"
    9/ Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) - +00'32"
    10/ Linus Gerdemann (Team Milram) - +00'35"

    Best young rider classification

    Tony MartinThanks to his second place in today's stage and thus in the general classification, Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) takes the first white jersey of this Tour de France 2010.
    Here's the top 10 of the best young rider classification:

    1/ Tony Martin (HTC-Columbia) - 10'10"
    2/ Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - +00'13"
    3/ Edvald Boasson Hagen (Team Sky) - +00'22"
    4/ Adriano Malori (Lampre-Farnese Vini) - +00'25"
    5/ Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) - +00'28"
    6/ Kristjan Koren (Liquigas-Doimo) - +00'32"
    7/ Daniel Oss (Liquigas-Doimo) - +00'33"
    8/ Lars Boom (Rabobank) - +00'34"
    9/ Ignatas Konovalovas (Cervélo TestTeam) - +00'34"
    10/ Rein Taaramae (Cofidis) - +00'35"

    by Thomas Vergouwen
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Currently 5 comments!
  1. L'enfant du pays doit apprécier doublement ce début d'étape conforme aux pronostics, le chapion suisse a fait taire ses détracteurs motorisés
    Bon tour Thomas attention à la chaleur

    | Christian | sunday 04 July 2010 at 9:36:37

  2. Bravo Thomas, bon travail !

    | Ben Reijs | sunday 04 July 2010 at 13:58:03

  3. Bravo Thomas, bon travail !

    | Ben Reijs | sunday 04 July 2010 at 13:59:45

  4. Je me répète : je regarde le Tour ce jour vendredi 9/7 et je m'aperçois avec horreur que les coureurs prennent les bas-côtés de la route pour une poubelle car ils y jettent leurs bidons vides à qui-mieux-mieux...
    La France est si belle pourquoi la souiller et cela fait désordre...
    Peut-on leur dire de trouver une autre solution avec l'aide de leur management ?

    | MEURICE J-Claude | friday 09 July 2010 at 17:06:47

  5. Un simple message pour tirer un grand coup de chapeau aux coureurs français, qui en ce soir du 20 juillet 2010, égalisent leur nombre de victoires d'étapes de 1997 sur le Tour de France. Franchement, bravo, messieurs, vous avez été plus qu'à la hauteur de nos espérances. Vous n'êtes peut-être pas capables de ramener la tunique jaune sur les Champs-Elysées, mais nous attendions de vous des victoires d'étapes, et résultat : un feu d'artifice bleu-blanc-rouge sur la route de ce Tour 2010 !
    Le Jaune pour Chavanel, les Pois à partager entre Français, des échappés tous les jours, 6 victoires d'étape, et surtout des coups de panache, d'intelligence et de bon sens de la course, à l'image de notre adorable Thomas Voeckler !
    Moi je dis : Merci, mille mercis à vous ! et surtout, que les jeunes coureurs français n'hésitent pas à imiter leurs aînés que sont Chavanel, Casar, Riblon, Voeckler, Pinaud, Fédrigo, Moreau et autres !
    Les fans de foot ont broyé du noir en juin devant des pseudo sportifs, les fans de vélo se régalent en juillet devant leurs champions bleu-blanc-rouge !

    | Sanglier | tuesday 20 July 2010 at 17:47:07

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