Pinotti blitzes Romandie prologue

Italian champion tops Sagan in perfect conditions

Italian champion Marco Pinotti scored HTC-Columbia's third consecutive victory in a Tour de Romandie prologue, blitzing the 4.3 kilometre course in Porrentruy with a time of 5:17.52.

He followed up similar performances from Frantisek Rabon in 2009 and Mark Cavendish in 2008.

"I'm really happy. I'm not really suited for short courses like that but I liked it when I saw it. I was third 3 years ago, I'm going well after Pais Vasco and the Classics and I just gave it everything.

"It's a surprise to win but good for my morale as I look ahead to the Giro d'Italia opening time trial."

The 34-year-old feels confident in his ability to fight for the overall classification over the next five stages, which include another, longer time trial on Friday.

"Now I hope I can hang onto the lead. I was third overall two years ago. Things have started well and now we'll see if I can defend the jersey. There are a lot of strong riders here. I hope to keep the jersey at least for the next two days."

The young Slovakian sensation Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Doimo) came in just under a second shy to take second, while Tro-Bro Leon winner Jérémy Roy (Française Des Jeux) claimed the third spot with a 5:20.62.

The Frenchman just nudged another HTC-Columbia rider, Michael Rogers from the top three. The three-time world champion came in two-tenths of a second behind Roy, while Dutchman Rick Flens (Rabobank) was a surprise fifth place just fractions of a second slower.

Under sunny skies, a light breeze and pleasant temperatures, Australian Adam Hansen (HTC-Columbia) set the fastest early time with a 5:25.

His time in the hot seat did not last long, as Fabio Felline (Footon-Servetto) went one second quicker, but the Italian would also have little time to cool his heels in the leader's seat before his time fell.

The axe came from Roy, who powered over the twisty, city course four seconds faster before Pinotti careened through the route with his winning time.

Sagan looked to come close to the Italian, but was lacking a touch of expertise in the corners which lost him the fractions of a second needed to overtake Pinotti.

The big names came and went, with no other riders able to crack 5:20. Valverde, Vande Velde and Menchov all fell far short of the mark, with last year's winner Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas-Doimo) topping the GC men with a 5:23 - good enough for eight on the stage.

Results

1Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia0:05:17 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:01 
3Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:04 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
5Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:00:05 
6Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:06 
7Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:07 
9Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
10Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Team Radioshack  
11Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:00:08 
12Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
13Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
14Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:09 
15Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
16Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
17Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
18Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia  
19Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
20Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank0:00:10 
21Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
22Jack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
23Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha  
24Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
25Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
26Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux0:00:11 
27Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
28Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
29Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
30Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
31Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
32Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:12 
34Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
35Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
36Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram  
37Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
38Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
39Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack  
40Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
41Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
42Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:29 
43Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto0:05:30 
44Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
47Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack  
48Matthias Brändle (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
49Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
50Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank0:05:30 
51Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions  
52Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
53Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:31 
54Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank  
55Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam  
56Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
57Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
58Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack  
59Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step  
60Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:05:32 
61Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
62Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
63Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram  
64André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
65Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
66Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram0:05:33 
67Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Team Katusha  
68Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
69Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
70Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
71Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
72Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:34 
73Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
74Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
75Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
76Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram  
77Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
78Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam  
79Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
80Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:35 
81Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
82Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
83Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
84Arthur Vichot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
85Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack0:05:36 
86Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
87José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:36 
88Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
89Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
90Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
91Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
92Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team  
93Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:05:37 
94Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
95Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
96David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
97Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
98Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
99Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
100José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team Radioshack  
101Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
102Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:37 
103Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) Rabobank  
104Davide Appolonio (Ita) Cervelo TestTeam0:05:38 
105Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
106Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
107Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam  
108Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:05:39 
109Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
110Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux  
111Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
112Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:05:40 
114Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:41 
115Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
116Serge Pauwels (Ned) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
117David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
118Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
119Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
120Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:05:42 
121Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
122Alexsandre Diachenko (Kaz) Astana  
123Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana  
124Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
125René Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:05:43 
127Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
128Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
129Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
130Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions0:05:44 
131Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
132Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
133Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
134Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
135Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana  
136Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo TestTeam0:05:45 
137Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
138Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:05:46 
139Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
140Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
141John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:48 
142Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
143Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
144Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
145Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:49 
146Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
147Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
148Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
149Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
150Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:05:51 
151Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:05:53 
152Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
153Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:05:55 
154Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
155Scott Davis (Aus) Astana0:05:59 
156Noe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto0:06:01 
157Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:06:07 
158Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:06:41 
159Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team HTC - Columbia0:16:02 
2Liquigas - Doimo0:00:07 
3Caisse d'Epargne0:00:08 
4Rabobank0:00:12 
5Française des Jeux0:00:16 
6Team Radioshack0:00:18 
7Team Katusha0:00:19 
8Garmin - Transitions0:00:20 
9Footon - Servetto0:00:21 
10Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:22 
11Team Saxo Bank  
12BMC Racing Team0:00:23 
13Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:24 
14Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:26 
15Sky Professional Cycling Team  
16Team Milram0:00:27 
17AG2R - La Mondiale0:00:28 
18Quick Step0:00:31 
19Cervelo Test Team0:00:39 
20Astana0:00:45 
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia0:05:17 
2Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:01 
3Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:03 
4Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
5Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank0:00:04 
6Christophe Moreau (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:05 
7Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:06 
8Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas-Doimo  
9Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
10Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Team Radioshack  
11Fabio Felline (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:00:07 
12Juan Jose Oroz (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:00:08 
13Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
14Artem Ovechkin (Rus) Team Katusha  
15Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank  
16Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
17Adam Hansen (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
18Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:09 
19Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia  
20Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank  
21Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
22Jack Bobridge (Aus) Garmin - Transitions  
23Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:10 
24Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
25Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
26Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française Des Jeux  
27Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions  
28Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Team Saxo Bank  
29Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia  
30Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
31Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:11 
32Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
33Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale  
34Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack  
35Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram  
36Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram0:00:12 
37Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank  
38Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
39Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack  
40Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha  
41Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
42Alexandre Moos (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
43Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
44Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale  
45Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
46Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step  
47Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team Radioshack0:00:13 
48Matthias Brändle (Aut) Footon-Servetto  
49Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
50Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank  
51Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions  
52Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
53Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
54Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank  
55Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo TestTeam  
56Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:14 
57Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia  
58Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team Radioshack  
59Andrei Kunitski (Blr) Quick Step  
60Sandy Casar (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
61Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
62Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
63Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram0:00:15 
64André Steensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
65Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
66Björn Schröder (Ger) Team Milram  
67Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun) Team Katusha  
68Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
69Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:16 
70Eros Capecchi (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
71Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
72Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
73Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions  
74Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team HTC - Columbia  
75Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step  
76Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram  
77Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
78Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam0:00:17 
79Allan Davis (Aus) Astana  
80Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
81Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha  
82Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:18 
83Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
84Arthur Vichot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
85Matthew Busche (USA) Team Radioshack  
86Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo  
87José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
88Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo  
89Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
90Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram  
91Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:19 
92Jeffry Louder (USA) BMC Racing Team  
93Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
94Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step  
95Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
96David Loosli (Swi) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
97Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana  
98Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions0:00:20 
97Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:00:19 
98Travis Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions0:00:20 
99Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana  
100José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Team Radioshack  
101Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
102Inaki Isasi (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
103Dmitry Kozontchouk (Rus) Rabobank  
104Davide Appolonio (Ita) Cervelo TestTeam  
105Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Radioshack  
106Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
107Roger Hammond (GBr) Cervelo TestTeam0:00:21 
108Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
109Juan Mauricio Soler Hernandez (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
110Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux0:00:22 
111Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram  
112Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale  
113Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Liquigas-Doimo0:00:23 
114Nicolas Portal (Fra) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
115Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Footon-Servetto  
116Serge Pauwels (Ned) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
117David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
118Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:24 
119Andreas Stauff (Ger) Quick Step  
120Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam  
121Kirk Carlsen (USA) Garmin - Transitions  
122Alexsandre Diachenko (Kaz) Astana0:00:25 
123Sergey Renev (Kaz) Astana  
124Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
125René Mandri (Est) AG2R La Mondiale  
126Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
127Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:26 
128Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha  
129Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
130Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions  
131Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
132Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
133Wouter Weylandt (Bel) Quick Step  
134Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
135Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Astana0:00:27 
136Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo TestTeam  
137Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram  
138Kevin Seeldrayers (Bel) Quick Step0:00:29 
139Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi  
140Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
141John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:30 
142Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
143Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini0:00:31 
144Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team  
145Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
146Enrico Magazzini (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini  
147Arkaitz Duran Daroca (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
148Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
149Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:00:32 
150Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:34 
151Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:35 
152Thomas Vedel Kvist (Den) Quick Step  
153Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana0:00:37 
154Mario Aerts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
155Scott Davis (Aus) Astana0:00:41 
156Noe Gianetti (Swi) Footon-Servetto0:00:44 
157Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank0:00:49 
158Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:01:23 
159Joaquin Novoa Menedez (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team HTC - Columbia0:16:02 
2Liquigas - Doimo0:00:07 
3Caisse d'Epargne0:00:08 
4Rabobank0:00:12 
5Française des Jeux0:00:16 
6Team Radioshack0:00:18 
7Team Katusha0:00:19 
8Garmin - Transitions0:00:20 
9Footon - Servetto0:00:21 
10Lampre - Farnese Vini0:00:22 
11Team Saxo Bank  
12BMC Racing Team0:00:23 
13Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:24 
14Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:26 
15Sky Professional Cycling Team  
16Team Milram0:00:27 
17AG2R - La Mondiale0:00:28 
18Quick Step0:00:31 
19Cervelo Test Team0:00:39 
20Astana0:00:45 

 

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