Engoulvent speeds to prologue win

Armstrong a solid fifth in short time trial

Jimmy Engoulvent of Team Saur SojaSun won the prologue of the Tour of Luxembourg, covering the 2.6km city course in 3:41. Second place went to his teammate Cyril Lemoine, 8.1 seconds back, with Team RadioShack's Gregory Rast third at 8.2 seconds.

It was a big evening for both the French Continental team and RadioShack, as the two teams claimed the top six places. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong was just off the podium in fifth place, 9.1 seconds down.

It was Engoulvent's second success here. He also won the Luxembourg prologue in 2007.

The 124 riders from 16 teams faced dry weather as they took to the 2.659 kilometre course in the capital city. Cyril Bessy of Saur SojaSun was the first to go out and put in a time of 4:02. Shortly thereafter his teammate Jimmy Engoulvent tore around the course in 3:41.

Some of the big names in the field didn't give their all on the short city course. Patrik Sinkewitz, making his season debut with the Professional Continental Team ISD-Neri, finished with a time of 3:57, and Katusha's Serguei Ivanov put a in a time of 3:56.

RadioShack's Andreas Klöden, for many a favourite for the overall win, was also slower than the Frenchman at 3:54. Fan favourite Jens Voigt of Saxo Bank was way down at 4:03, as was local hero Kim Kirchen. Another top favourite for the title, and another local hero, Fränk Schleck, finished under four minutes, at 3:58, a good time for him.

Lance Armstrong had also been picked by many to win the evening's race, but he finished fifth, just 9.1 seconds behind the winner. Earlier, Armstrong had said how much he was looking forward to the race, which he won in 1998. On his Twitter account he wrote that it great to be there and he was "psyched to race!" He wasn't so happy this morning, however, over an unannounced doping test. "Knock, knock. UCI anti-doping control. I will be found positive for one helluva deep sleep last night."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:41.990 
2Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:08.140 
3Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack0:00:08.230 
4Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:09.410 
5Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:09.110 
6Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack0:00:10.490 
7Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:10.680 
8Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:10.810 
9Jempy Drucker (Lux) CT Differdange0:00:12.380 
10Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
11Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:13.810 
12Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:13.500 
13Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:14.710 
14Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:14.120 
15Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:14.170 
16Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:14.230 
17Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:14.410 
18Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:14.480 
19Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:15.360 
20Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:15.720 
21Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri0:00:15.730 
22Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:16.120 
23Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:16.620 
24Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:16.660 
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxobank0:00:16.850 
26Robert Retschke (Ger) CT Differdange0:00:16.980 
27Sam Bewley (NZl) Team Radioshack0:00:17.610 
28Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano0:00:17.300 
29Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:17.400 
30Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:17.510 
31Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:17.620 
32Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:18.150 
33Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:18.230 
34Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:18.340 
35Christian Poos (Lux) CT Differdange0:00:18.370 
36Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano0:00:18.450 
37Matic Strgar (Slo) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:18.530 
38Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:18.700 
39Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:19.110 
40Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:19.240 
41Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:19.530 
42Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:19.630 
43Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:19.830 
44Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:20.150 
45Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano0:00:20.870 
46Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:21.140 
47Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxobank0:00:21.250 
48Yohann Gene (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
49Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha0:00:21.270 
50Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:21.440 
51Carlo Scognaniglio (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:21.460 
52Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:21.650 
53Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:22.300 
54Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:22.400 
55Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:22.610 
56Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:22.650 
57Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:22.720 
58Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack0:00:22.760 
59Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:22.800 
60Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxobank0:00:22.960 
61Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:23.600 
62Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:23.640 
63Gianni Meersman (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:24.210 
64Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:24.310 
65Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack0:00:24.390 
66Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:24.430 
67Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:24.450 
68Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:24.570 
69Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:24.590 
70Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha0:00:24.700 
71Kurt Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:25.120 
72Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:25.150 
73Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxobank0:00:25.240 
74Hakan Nilson (Swe) CT Differdange0:00:25.280 
75Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:25.510 
76Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:25.530 
77Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
78Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:25.620 
79Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:25.720 
80Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:25.800 
81Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:25.820 
82Silvere Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:25.890 
83Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:26.160 
84Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:26.250 
85Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxobank0:00:26.330 
86Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:26.590 
87Bartosz Huzarsky (Pol) ISD - Neri0:00:26.790 
88Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) CT Differdange0:00:27.470 
89Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:27.650 
90Thomas Lofkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:27.700 
91Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:27.850 
92Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:28.240 
93Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:28.300 
94Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:28.340 
95Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:28.800 
96Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:00:29.010 
97Morten Knudsen (Den) CT Differdange0:00:29.170 
98Nico Schneider (Ger) CT Differdange0:00:29.780 
99Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:29.880 
100Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:30.270 
101Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:30.630 
102Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:31.410 
103Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:31.280 
104Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:31.640 
105Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:31.800 
106Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:32.810 
107Stefan Cohnen (Ned) CT Differdange0:00:34.700 
108Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:34.970 
109Jorge Martin Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:35.140 
110Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:36.610 
111Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano0:00:36.360 
112Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxobank0:00:36.800 
113Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:37.240 
114Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Francaise des Jeux0:00:37.730 
115Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:38.140 
116Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:38.260 
117Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:38.310 
118Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD - Neri0:00:40.530 
119Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:42.730 
120Manuel Calvente Corpas (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:42.920 
121Alexander Gufler (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:43.370 
122Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:44.210 
123Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:44.940 
DNFThierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Saur - Sojasun0:11:22 
2Team Radioshack0:00:11 
3Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:22 
4Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:23 
5CT Differdange0:00:30 
6Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:32 
7ISD - Neri0:00:33 
8Skil - Shimano0:00:35 
9Team Katusha0:00:36 
10Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:38 
11Bouygues Telecom0:00:39 
12Francaise Des Jeux  
13Team Saxobank0:00:43 
14Vorarlberg - Corratec  
15Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:52 
16Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:02 
General classification after prologue
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:03:41 
2Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:09 
3Grégory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack  
4Jimmy Casper (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:10 
5Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack  
6Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack0:00:11 
7Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
8Aitor Galdos (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi  
9Jempy Drucker (Lux) CT Differdange0:00:13 
10Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack  
11Giovanni Visconti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:14 
12Kevin Ista (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
13Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:15 
14Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi  
15Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
16Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi  
17Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha  
18Bjorn Leukemans (Bel) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
19Martin Mortensen (Den) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:16 
20Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
21Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) ISD - Neri  
22Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:17 
23Freddy Bichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
24Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
25Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxobank  
26Robert Retschke (Ger) CT Differdange  
27Sam Bewley (NZl) Team Radioshack0:00:18 
28Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
29Jérémy Roy (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
30Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
31Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha  
32Mathieu Sprick (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:19 
33Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
34Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
35Christian Poos (Lux) CT Differdange  
36Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
37Matic Strgar (Slo) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
38Dirk Bellemakers (Ned) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
39Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:20 
40Piergiorgio Camussa (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
41Ruben Perez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi  
42Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack  
43Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
44Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:21 
45Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
46Aitor Hernandez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:22 
47Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxobank  
48Yohann Gene (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
49Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Katusha  
50Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
51Carlo Scognaniglio (Ita) ISD - Neri  
52Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
53Franck Bouyer (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:23 
54Sébastien Turgot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
55Manuel Ortega Ocana (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
56Alexander Kolobnev (Rus) Team Katusha  
57Sebastian Siedler (Ger) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
58Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack  
59Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
60Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxobank  
61Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:24 
62Anthony Charteau (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
63Gianni Meersman (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:25 
64Cédric Coutouly (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
65Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack  
66Rony Martias (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
67Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
68Serge Pauwels (Bel) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
69Kjell Carlstrom (Fin) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
70Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha  
71Kurt Arvesen (Nor) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:26 
72Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
73Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxobank  
74Hakan Nilson (Swe) CT Differdange  
75Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
76Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
77Koen Barbe (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
78Frédéric Guesdon (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
79Bart Dockx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
80Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) ISD - Neri  
81Sébastien Delfosse (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
82Silvere Ackermann (Swi) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
83Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:27 
84Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
85Alex Rasmussen (Den) Team Saxobank  
86Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri  
87Bartosz Huzarsky (Pol) ISD - Neri  
88Vytautas Kaupas (Ltu) CT Differdange0:00:28 
89Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
90Thomas Lofkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
91Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
92Nikita Eskov (Rus) Team Katusha0:00:29 
93Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
94Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
95Saïd Haddou (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom  
96Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:00:30 
97Morten Knudsen (Den) CT Differdange  
98Nico Schneider (Ger) CT Differdange  
99Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
100Mikel Nieve (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:31 
101Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
102Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:32 
103Tristan Valentin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
104Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
105Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
106Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:33 
107Stefan Cohnen (Ned) CT Differdange0:00:35 
108Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
109Jorge Martin Montenegro (Arg) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:36 
110Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:37 
111Floris Goesinnen (Ned) Skil - Shimano  
112Kasper Klostergaard (Den) Team Saxobank  
113Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) ISD - Neri0:00:38 
114Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Francaise des Jeux  
115Javier Ramirez Abeja (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:39 
116Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
117Steven Caethoven (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago  
118Ruslan Pidgornyy (Ukr) ISD - Neri0:00:41 
119Kevin Neirynck (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:43 
120Manuel Calvente Corpas (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
121Alexander Gufler (Ita) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:44 
122Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:45 
123Juan Javier Estrada Ruiz (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur  
Young riders classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jempy Drucker (Lux) CT Differdange0:03:54 
2Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:02 
3Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi  
4Sam Bewley (NZl) Team Radioshack0:00:05 
5Frederik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
7Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:06 
8Mitchell Docker (Aus) Skil - Shimano  
9Bjorn Selander (USA) Team Radioshack0:00:07 
10Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
11Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:08 
12Romain Matheou (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:00:09 
13Tiago Machado (Por) Team Radioshack0:00:10 
14Romain Zingle (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
15Dominic Klemme (Ger) Team Saxobank  
16Gianni Meersman (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:12 
17Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack  
18Anthony Roux (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
19Clemens Fankhauser (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec0:00:14 
20Oscar Gatto (Ita) ISD - Neri  
21Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:15 
22Arthur Vichot (Fra) Francaise des Jeux0:00:16 
23Alexandr Pliuschin (Mda) Team Katusha0:00:17 
24Nico Schneider (Ger) CT Differdange  
25Christoph Sokoll (Aut) Vorarlberg - Corratec  
26Guillaume Blot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:00:18 
27Steve Houanard (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:19 
28Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team  
29Yoann Offredo (Fra) Francaise des Jeux  
30Sergio De Lis (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:20 
31Tom Van Den Haute (Bel) Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:22 
32Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:24 
33Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:26 
34Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia - Cajasur0:00:32 
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Saur - Sojasun0:11:22 
2Team Radioshack0:00:11 
3Euskatel - Euskadi0:00:22 
4Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:23 
5CT Differdange0:00:30 
6Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne0:00:32 
7ISD - Neri0:00:33 
8Skil - Shimano0:00:35 
9Team Katusha0:00:36 
10Sky Professional Cycling Team0:00:38 
11Bouygues Telecom0:00:39 
12Francaise Des Jeux  
13Team Saxobank0:00:43 
14Vorarlberg - Corratec  
15Landbouwkrediet - Colnago0:00:52 
16Andalucia - Cajasur0:01:02 

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