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Tour de France 2012

Date range:
June 30 - July 22, 2012
  • Tour de France, Fra, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Prologue

      Distance:
      6.4km
      Location
      Liège (ITT)
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      198km
      Start location:
      Liège
      End location:
      Seraing
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Visé
      End location:
      Tournai
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Orchies
      End location:
      Boulogne-sur-Mer
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      214.5km
      Start location:
      Abbeville
      End location:
      Rouen
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Rouen
      End location:
      Saint-Quentin
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Metz
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      157.5km
      Start location:
      Belfort
      End location:
      Porrentruy
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      41.5km
      Start location:
      Arc-et-Senans
      End location:
      Besançon (ITT)
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Mâcon
      End location:
      Bellegarde-sur-Valserine
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      148km
      Start location:
      Albertville
      End location:
      La Toussuire - Les Sybelles
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      226km
      Start location:
      Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
      End location:
      Annonay Davézieux
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      217km
      Start location:
      Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux
      End location:
      Le Cap d’Agde
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      191km
      Start location:
      Limoux
      End location:
      Foix
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      158.5km
      Start location:
      Samatan
      End location:
      Pau
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      End location:
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      197km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      143.5km
      Start location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
      End location:
      Peyragudes
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      222.5km
      Start location:
      Blagnac
      End location:
      Brive-la-Gaillarde
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      53.5km
      Start location:
      Bonneval
      End location:
      Chartres (ITT)
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      120km
      Start location:
      Rambouillet
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

June 30, Prologue: Liège (ITT) 6.4km

Cancellara wins 2012 Tour de France prologue in Liège

By:
Daniel Benson
Published:
June 30, 2012, 16:29 BST,
Updated:
July 01, 2012, 3:02 BST

Swiss time trial powerhouse in Tour's first yellow jersey

There was something almost inevitable about it: the scene was perfect, the timing essential, and the man in form. Eight years after his first prologue win in Liege in the Tour de France, ‘Monsieur PrologueFabian Cancellara rolled back the years to claim his fifth Tour de France prologue, with a comprehensive win in the Belgian city on Saturday. 

The RadioShack-Nissan rider turned out a time of 7:13 over the 6.4km course. Not even a determined Bradley Wiggins (Sky) finishing second, 7 seconds down, or world time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) could come close, although the German will feel aggrieved after he set the fastest time at the first time check but suffered a mechanical and was forced to change bikes.

Defending champion Cadel Evans (BMC) finished in 13th place, nine seconds down on Cancellara, with Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) and Denis Menchov (Katusha), Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) impressing with solid performances. French time trial champion Sylvain Chavanel had led for a large portion of the afternoon, nervously awaiting the time trial specialists at the line, but he was demoted, first by Wiggins, and then by Cancellara, to third.

But after all the talk of Wiggins and Evans in the build-up to the race, the day belonged to Cancellara. In the last twelve months, the Swiss rider has found himself on the receiving end of a number of high level losses, with Tony Martin usurping his long-standing crown as the best time triallist in the world, and two campaigns in the Classics without a win.

“I thought about my wife, the baby that’s coming, about team that’s given me help, and I’m proud of having done the work I should have done,” Cancellara said at the finish.

“This victory is even more special than the other ones I’ve had in the Tour de France., Yes, I’m proud, which is important, and I’m also confident about the rest of the Tour.”

There were murmurs that Cancellara was no longer the powerhouse he used to be, his legs slowing as younger riders developed, and despite uncertainty within his team surrounding missed wages and in-fighting, the experience and most importantly the power were there for all to see in Liège.

“I’m looking forward and not looking back. I’m here on the Tour de France not thinking about the past. The last time the Tour was here, in 2004, I beat Lance [Armstrong] by 1.6 seconds and took the jersey, but that was eight years ago. We have to focus on now because if we let [USADA’s decision to manager Johan Bruyneel with doping] crack us, I wouldn’t be able to perform on the road like I did today. It’s up to Lance and Johan to sort out. One year I was in Bjarne Riis’s team, and he stayed away from the Tour to leave us in peace, so I’ve experienced this before. Johan is just leaving us to get on with the job in peace.”

Liège loosens the Tour tension

The pro peloton had descended on Liège on Wednesday, settling into a pattern of reconnaissance and press conferences. By Friday, as the final pre-race press noise died down, it was clear that the peloton were ready to race. The tension was clear in Liège on Saturday morning with riders testing themselves over the prologue course. Wind variants were considered, final adjustments made to bikes and in the end it was Tom Veellers (Argos-Shimano) who set the ball rolling. The Tour had finally started.

A number of early pacesetters came and went until Brett Lancaster posted the first serious time of the day with a time of 7:24. The GreenEdge rider was edged out by Sky’s Edvald Boasson Hagen but it wasn’t long before Chavanel was on the road.

The Frenchman has improved greatly against the clock in the last twelve months – something he has put down to overcoming a longstanding back problem – and had already won the time trial in De Panne this spring. Along the Liège course he married power with precision, dancing through the few corners in the tricolore of France.

It looked like an unlikely winner could be crowned when he crossed the line in 7:20 and when Philippe Gilbert, David Millar and Andreas Klöden all failed topple the Omega Pharma-QuickStep rider, France dreamed of their first opening day win since Jacky Durand in 1994.

Chavanel took his seat at the finish, French television glued to his every facial expression as rider after rider came over the line. Peter Sagan (Liquigas) who many pundits had fancied as a potential winner stormed out of the blocks but he paid for his enthusiasm, pulling his foot out on one of two roundabouts, and losing 17 seconds by the finish.

Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) came close, two seconds down but Tony Martin, resplendent in his rainbow bands looked to be the biggest threat. A teammate of Chavanel he drew level with the Frenchman at the first time check but a bike change disrupted his rhythm and cost the German vital seconds. The cameras remained glued to Chavanel.

Now it was down to Wiggins, grimacing with intent as he left the start house. Two years ago the Sky leader paid for his caution in the opening Tour ride through Rotterdam and at the first time check it looked as though a repeat performance was in store, with tenth place at the first time check.

But Wiggins isn’t the Tour favourite without reason, and on the return leg the former pursuit rider showed his form and quality, overhauling Chavanel – who cracked a smile at least – and moving into provisional yellow. By now Cancellara was waiting for the countdown to his depart, but perhaps more importantly Evans was moving towards the start house. It’s unknown if he knew that Wiggins was leading.

At the first time check, Cancellara was faster than Chavanel by a mere second and with Evans on the road it became a three-way battle for the race’s first yellow jersey. Yet by the line Cancellara had stomped his authority on the race’s first skirmish.

Full Results
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:07:13  
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:11  
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:12  
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:13  
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:15  
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:16  
12 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:17  
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18  
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp    
16 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp    
17 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
18 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19  
19 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan    
20 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:00:20  
21 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
22 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
23 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
24 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
25 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:21  
26 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
27 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
28 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
29 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
30 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
31 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22  
32 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
33 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
34 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
35 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
36 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
37 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
38 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
39 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
40 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:23  
41 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling    
42 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
44 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
45 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
46 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
47 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:24  
48 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
49 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
50 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan    
51 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
52 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
53 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
54 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
55 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp    
56 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25  
57 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team    
58 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
59 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
60 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
61 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling    
62 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
63 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling    
64 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
65 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:26  
66 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
67 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
68 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
69 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
70 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
71 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
72 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:27  
73 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
74 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
75 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:28  
76 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
77 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
78 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
79 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team    
80 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
81 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
82 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
83 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:29  
84 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
85 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
86 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
87 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
88 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
89 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
90 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
91 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:30  
92 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
93 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
94 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
95 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
96 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:31  
97 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
98 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team    
99 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
100 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
101 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 0:00:32  
102 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
103 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
104 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:33  
105 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
106 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp    
107 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
108 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
109 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
110 Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:34  
111 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
112 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
113 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
114 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
115 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
116 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:35  
117 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
118 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
119 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team    
120 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:36  
121 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan    
122 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
123 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
124 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
125 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
126 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
127 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:37  
128 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale    
129 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
130 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
131 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
132 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
133 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:38  
134 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
135 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
136 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
137 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
138 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
139 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:39  
140 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
141 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
142 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
143 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:40  
144 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
145 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
146 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
147 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
148 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:41  
149 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
150 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
151 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:42  
152 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team    
153 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team    
154 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team    
155 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
156 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:43  
157 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
158 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
159 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:44  
160 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
161 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
162 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
163 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
164 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
165 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano 0:00:45  
166 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
167 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
168 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
169 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
170 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
171 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:46  
172 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
173 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
174 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
175 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:47  
176 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
177 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
178 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:48  
179 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49  
180 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat    
181 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:50  
182 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD    
183 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
184 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:51  
185 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 0:00:52  
186 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
187 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
188 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:55  
189 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:57  
190 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
191 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:01  
192 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
193 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:02  
194 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
195 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:01:03  
196 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD 0:01:05  
197 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:06  
198 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
Points
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 20 pts
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 17  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 15  
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 13  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 11  
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 10  
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 9  
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 8  
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 7  
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 6  
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 5  
12 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 4  
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3  
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2  
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 1  
Young riders
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:07:23  
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:01  
3 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:02  
4 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:11  
5 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:12  
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:14  
7 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
9 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:17  
10 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18  
11 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19  
12 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:20  
13 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:21  
14 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:23  
15 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:24  
16 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:27  
17 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:29  
18 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:30  
19 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:34  
20 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:00:36  
21 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
22 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:37  
23 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:38  
Teams
1 Sky Procycling 0:22:13  
2 RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:04  
3 BMC Racing Team 0:00:06  
4 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:13  
5 Orica Greenedge Cycling Team 0:00:19  
6 Garmin-Sharp 0:00:23  
7 Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:26  
8 Astana Pro Team 0:00:29  
9 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:30  
10 FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:33  
11 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
12 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:00:34  
13 Movistar Team 0:00:37  
14 Lotto-Belisol Team    
15 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:38  
16 Katusha Team    
17 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:42  
18 Saur-Sojasun 0:00:52  
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:57  
20 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:58  
21 Lampre - ISD 0:01:07  
22 Team Europcar 0:01:13  
General classification after prologue
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 0:07:13  
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:11  
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:12  
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:13  
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team    
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 0:00:15  
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:16  
12 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 0:00:17  
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team    
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18  
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp    
16 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Sharp    
17 Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing Team    
18 Jens Voigt (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19  
19 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan    
20 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:00:20  
21 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
22 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team    
23 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol Team    
24 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
25 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:21  
26 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team    
27 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling    
28 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
29 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
30 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
31 Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:22  
32 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
33 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-Cannondale    
34 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
35 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
36 Richie Porte (Aus) Sky Procycling    
37 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
38 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
39 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
40 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:23  
41 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling    
42 Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
43 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
44 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
45 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
46 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
47 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:24  
48 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
49 Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
50 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-Nissan    
51 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
52 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
53 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
54 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
55 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Sharp    
56 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:25  
57 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team    
58 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
59 Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar Team    
60 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
61 Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky Procycling    
62 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
63 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) Sky Procycling    
64 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
65 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:26  
66 Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
67 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar Team    
68 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
69 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
70 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
71 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team    
72 Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:27  
73 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
74 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team    
75 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:28  
76 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
77 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
78 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD    
79 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol Team    
80 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
81 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team    
82 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team    
83 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:29  
84 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
85 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
86 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
87 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
88 Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
89 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team    
90 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale    
91 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:30  
92 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
93 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
94 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team    
95 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling Team    
96 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:31  
97 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
98 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team    
99 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
100 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin - Sharp    
101 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky Procycling 0:00:32  
102 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
103 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
104 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:33  
105 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team    
106 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Sharp    
107 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
108 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
109 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar    
110 Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos - Shimano 0:00:34  
111 Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
112 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
113 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-Nissan    
114 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale    
115 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
116 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:35  
117 Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
118 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team    
119 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team    
120 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:36  
121 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-Nissan    
122 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar    
123 Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
124 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
125 Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
126 Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
127 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol Team 0:00:37  
128 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale    
129 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
130 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickStep    
131 Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos - Shimano    
132 Jonathan Cantwell (Aus) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
133 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:38  
134 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar    
135 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team    
136 Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan    
137 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
138 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
139 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:39  
140 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
141 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro Team    
142 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team    
143 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:40  
144 Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank    
145 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
146 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
147 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
148 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:41  
149 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
150 Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
151 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:42  
152 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro Team    
153 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team    
154 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team    
155 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
156 Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:43  
157 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat    
158 Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
159 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:44  
160 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
161 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Movistar Team    
162 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
163 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar    
164 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
165 Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos - Shimano 0:00:45  
166 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar    
167 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
168 Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team Europcar    
169 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team    
170 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
171 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:46  
172 Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
173 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar    
174 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
175 Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:47  
176 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
177 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
178 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:48  
179 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:00:49  
180 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big Mat    
181 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:50  
182 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISD    
183 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
184 Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:51  
185 Grega Bole (Slo) Lampre - ISD 0:00:52  
186 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
187 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD    
188 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 0:00:55  
189 Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:57  
190 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne    
191 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:01:01  
192 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun    
193 Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:01:02  
194 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
195 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:01:03  
196 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISD 0:01:05  
197 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:06  
198 Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos - Shimano    
Points classification
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 20 pts
2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 17  
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 15  
4 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 13  
5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 11  
6 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 10  
7 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 9  
8 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 8  
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 7  
10 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team 6  
11 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 5  
12 Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickStep 4  
13 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 3  
14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 2  
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 1  
Young riders classification
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:07:23  
2 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:01  
3 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:02  
4 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Argos - Shimano 0:00:11  
5 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:12  
6 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:14  
7 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale    
9 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:17  
10 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18  
11 Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19  
12 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:20  
13 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:21  
14 Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:23  
15 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:24  
16 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:27  
17 Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:29  
18 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun 0:00:30  
19 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:34  
20 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:00:36  
21 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar    
22 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:37  
23 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:38  
Teams classification
1 Sky Procycling 0:22:13  
2 RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:04  
3 BMC Racing Team 0:00:06  
4 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:13  
5 Orica Greenedge Cycling Team 0:00:19  
6 Garmin-Sharp 0:00:23  
7 Team Argos-Shimano 0:00:26  
8 Astana Pro Team 0:00:29  
9 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:30  
10 FDJ-Big Mat 0:00:33  
11 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team    
12 Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:00:34  
13 Movistar Team 0:00:37  
14 Lotto-Belisol Team    
15 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:38  
16 Katusha Team    
17 Ag2R La Mondiale 0:00:42  
18 Saur-Sojasun 0:00:52  
19 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:00:57  
20 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:58  
21 Lampre - ISD 0:01:07  
22 Team Europcar 0:01:13