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Prologue: A look at the Tour favourites' time gaps
Jul 1st, 12. Prologue: While Fabian Cancellara took the honours in today's Tour de France prologue, the top GC riders had a mix of results.
Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) was the best placed GC rider with his second place to Cancellara (RadioShack Nissan Trek). While he finished +7sec on the results board, in reality he is 0sec for the true GC.
"I'm really happy, the legs felt good and I stayed calm and relaxed," said Wiggins. "It's a good start and the main thing was to stay upright, safe and trouble-free - it's nice to get this first day out of the way.
This Tour de France is almost 3,500 long, but after just 6.4km some General Classification riders are already down over 30sec - today's results have set the scene for a dynamic Tour!
(Times are calculatd as gaps from Wiggins)
+06 Denis Menchov (Katusha). "I had very good feelings today before the start and during the race I felt in a good shape, even if it's not my kind of races: I prefer longer time trials, that was too short to do something better; moreover it was not a technical ITT, with just two difficult corners. I'm not at my top condition, but the Tour de France is still long and after this performance I can say I'm more and more confident about the rest of the competition."
+10sec Cadel Evans (BMC) - The defending Tour Champion called it a "not good, but not bad" performance. "You never want to lose time to any GC rider and I lost time to one, but I was sort of expecting that. But it's 6km out of 3,500 or so, so in that regard it's a small comparison. I'm happy to get things started and I'm feeling good."
+11sec Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas Cannondale)
+11sec Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin Sharp Barracuda)
+19sec Robert Gesink (Rabobank) "Happy we really started the #TDF2012. Amazing crowds in Liege, ears are still ringing, thanks! Result was okay. Looking forward to Stage1!" via Twitter
+19sec Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana)
+21sec Jurgen van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) "I wasn't quite in the rhythm, but that's not so bad. In the Sierra Nevada I have trained very hard the past few weeks and I have hardly had any rest days. I will benefit from it in the forthcoming weeks." via team website.
+21sec Levi Leipheimer (Omega Pharma Quickstep)
+27sec Chris Horner (RadioShack Nissan Trek)
+28sec Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) "It was the first day and the important thing was not having any complications. We didn't do well, but we didn't do bad either" via the team website.
+31sec Frank Schleck (RadioShack Nissan Trek)
+33 sec Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel Euskadi) "I think the feeling was better than the watch dial ... The race has just begun and there is still much to do." via team website (translated)
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