TDF Prologue – Spartacus Takes Yellow

3 Jul

Swiss rider, Fabian Cancellara, Spartacus on a bike, won the Prologue today in the 2010 Tour de France with a time of 10:00:48 beating Tony Martin, HTC-Columbia rider by 10 seconds. 

Finishing out the top 5, British rider David Millar third with a time of 10:20, Lance Armstrong finished an impressive 4th at 10:22 and Geraint Thomas with Team Sky, finished 5th.

No surprise really with Cancellara winning the Prologue (see below where I picked him to win), the weather caused Bradley Wiggins to opt to ride early, thinking the weather would be better – it wasn’t.  If he had stayed with his original time to ride, the roads would have been drier as the rain let up as the race went on.  No way to know though, so he made what seemed like at least a reasonable choice at the time.  Wiggins ended up finishing 41st, bad luck for him.  Both Wiggins and Tour favorite Andy Schleck rode tentatively.  You don’t get second chances in the Tour very often to gain time on your competition.

As far as the Americans go, Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Transitions, put in a very good ride finishing 7th/00:28 back, Levi Leipheimer, teammate to Lance, finished 8th/00:32 back, Dave Zabriske, Garmin-Transitions, 25th/00:40, George Hincapie, BMC, 68th/00:54, and Christian Vandevelde, Garmin-Transitions finished in 92nd place, 1:00 back.

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