Zubeldia zips to prologue victory

Team Radioshack Spaniard dons leader's yellow jersey

Haimar Zubeldia (Team RadioShack) won the Tour de l'Ain's prologue time trial, the Spaniard's first professional victory in 10 years. Zubeldia edged out 19-year-old Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Continental) and Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) over the technical, 3km course with the top three separated by only hundredths of a second.

"This is more than I expected," said Zubeldia. "I only had the Clásica San Sebastián in my legs as competition. Moreover, this prologue looked just too short for me, but Team Director Alain Gallopin pushed me over the limit."

"At 1km from the finish, I saw that Haimar was only one second slower than Kelderman, who had the best time," said Gallopin. "As Haimar always has been a good prologue rider, I yelled him through the not-so-easy last kilometre to the finish in the Rue Alexandre Bérard. I am convinced that Haimar can win the overall classification on Saturday. With only six riders per team it is not so easy to control the race, but we will do everything we can."

Zubeldia's prologue victory earned the 33-year-old Spaniard the Tour de l'Ain's leader's jersey, which he hopes to defend through the next four stages.

"I am not a winner. My job in the team is to help our Grand Tour riders in the mountains. I always kept working hard. This victory is a nice compensation for my hard work. We are a small but good team and we will try to keep yellow until the end. It would be nice to win this 22nd Tour de l'Ain," said Zubeldia.

The peloton will contest the Tour de l'Ain's first road stage tomorrow, covering 144.4km from Lagnieu to Saint-Vulbas.

Full Results
1Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack0:03:38 
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:01 
5Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
7Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:02 
8Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
11Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
12Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia  
13John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
14Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
15Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:05 
16Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:06 
17Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
18Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
19Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
20Frédérik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
21Martin Kholer (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
22Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:07 
23Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
24Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:08 
25Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
26Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
27Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
29Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:09 
31Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
32Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack  
34Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
35Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team  
36Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:10 
37José-Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
38Romain Bardet (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
39Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
40Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
41Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Yvan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack0:00:11 
43David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
44Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
45Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
46Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
47Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
48Benoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
49Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
50Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
51Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
52Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:12 
53Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
54Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
55Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
56Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
57Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
58Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
59Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
60Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:13 
61Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
62John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
65Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:14 
66Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
68Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
69Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
70Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team  
71Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:15 
72Arnaud Courteille (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
73Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
75Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
76Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
77Pierre Cazeaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:16 
78Thomas Bonnin (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
79Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
80Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
81Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
82Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
83Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
84Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
85Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:17 
86Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:18 
87Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
88Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
89Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:19 
90Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
91Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
92Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
93Edouardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:21 
94Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
96Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
97Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:22 
98Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
99Yoann Barbas (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:23 
100Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:24 
101Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:25 
102Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:27 
103Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
104Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:28 
105Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:35 
106Khakharman Merey (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:36 
HDJonathan Hivert (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:02:59 
Points
1Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack15pts
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental12 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun10 
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
5Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6 
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5 
7Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental4 
8Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia3 
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
10Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
Teams
1Team HTC - Columbia0:11:03 
2Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:01 
3BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
4Saur - Sojasun0:00:06 
5Team Radioshack0:00:07 
6Rabobank0:00:09 
7Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:11 
8Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
9French National Espoirs Team0:00:16 
10Skil - Shimano  
11AG2R la Mondiale0:00:18 
12Roubaix Lille Métropole  
13Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:22 
14Big Mat - Auber 930:00:24 
15Bretagne Schuller0:00:27 
16Caisse d`Epargne0:00:29 
17FDJ0:00:31 
18Kazakhstan National Team0:00:40 
General classification after prologue
1Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack0:03:38 
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:01 
5Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
7Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:02 
8Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
10Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:00:03 
11Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
12Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia  
13John Murphy (USA) BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
14Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia  
15Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:05 
16Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:06 
17Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
18Johan Mombaerts (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
19Alexandr Shushemoin (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
20Frédérik Wilmann (Nor) Skil - Shimano  
21Martin Kholer (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
22Markel Irizar (Spa) Team Radioshack0:00:07 
23Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team  
24Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:08 
25Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
26Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
27Julien Loubet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
29Rémi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
30Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:09 
31Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
32Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
33Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team Radioshack  
34Cyril Bessy (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
35Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team  
36Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:10 
37José-Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack  
38Romain Bardet (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
39Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
40Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
41Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
42Yvan Rovny (Rus) Team Radioshack0:00:11 
43David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
44Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
45Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano  
46Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
47Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
48Benoît Daeninck (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
49Franck Bouyer (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
50Thierry Hupond (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
51Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
52Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:12 
53Mickaël Buffaz (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
54Mathieu Drujon (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
55Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
56Christophe Brandt (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
57Steve Chainel (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
58Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
59Mathieu Claude (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
60Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:13 
61Fabien Bacquet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
62John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Brice Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
65Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto0:00:14 
66Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
67Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto  
68Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
69Sébastien Duret (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
70Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team  
71Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:15 
72Arnaud Courteille (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
73Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
74Rémi Di Gregorio (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
75Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
76Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
77Pierre Cazeaux (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:16 
78Thomas Bonnin (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
79Morgan Kneisky (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
80Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
81Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
82Johann Tschopp (Swi) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
83Gaël Malacarne (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller  
84Ruslan Tleubayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
85Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:17 
86Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:18 
87Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Team Radioshack  
88Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team  
89Maxime Mederel (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:19 
90Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Française Des Jeux  
91Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) BBox Bouygues Telecom  
92Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
93Edouardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:21 
94Clément Lhotellerie (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
95Mathieu Perget (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
96Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
97Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:22 
98Feng Han (Chn) Skil - Shimano  
99Yoann Barbas (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:23 
100Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:24 
101Julien Mazet (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 930:00:25 
102Roman Zhiyentayev (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:27 
103Yevgeniv Sladkov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team  
104Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:28 
105Cédric Pineau (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:35 
106Khakharman Merey (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:36 
Points classification
1Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack15pts
2Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental12 
3Laurent Mangel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun10 
4Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto8 
5Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole6 
6Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne5 
7Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental4 
8Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia3 
9Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team2 
10Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team1 
Young riders classification
1Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:03:38 
2Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole0:00:01 
3Tony Gallopin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne  
4Moreno Hofland (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:02 
5Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC - Columbia  
6Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:06 
7Leigh Howard (Aus) Team HTC - Columbia0:00:08 
8Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil - Shimano  
9Jean-Lou Païani (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:09 
10Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team  
11Romain Bardet (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:10 
12Romain Hardy (Fra) Bretagne - Schuller0:00:12 
13Thibault Pinot (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:14 
14Dimitri Le Boulch (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
15Cole House (USA) BMC Racing Team  
16Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Skil - Shimano0:00:15 
17Arnaud Courteille (Fra) French National Espoirs Team  
18Jocelyn Bar (Fra) Roubaix Lille Metropole  
19Thomas Bonnin (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:16 
20Ronan Racault (Fra) Big Mat - Auber 93  
21Jasper Ockeloen (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
22Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:17 
23Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:18 
24Nicolas Capdepuy (Fra) Française Des Jeux0:00:19 
25Mats Boeve (Ned) Rabobank Continental  
26Wesley Kreder (Ned) Rabobank Continental0:00:22 
27Yoann Barbas (Fra) French National Espoirs Team0:00:23 
28Nazar Jumabekov (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:28 
29Khakharman Merey (Kaz) Kazakhstan National Team0:00:36 
Teams classification
1Team HTC - Columbia0:11:03 
2Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team0:00:01 
3BMC Racing Team0:00:04 
4Saur - Sojasun0:00:06 
5Team Radioshack0:00:07 
6Rabobank0:00:09 
7Omega Pharma - Lotto0:00:11 
8Cofidis Le Crédit en Ligne  
9French National Espoirs Team0:00:16 
10Skil - Shimano  
11AG2R la Mondiale0:00:18 
12Roubaix Lille Métropole  
13Bbox Bouygues Telecom0:00:22 
14Big Mat - Auber 930:00:24 
15Bretagne Schuller0:00:27 
16Caisse d`Epargne0:00:29 
17FDJ0:00:31 
18Kazakhstan National Team0:00:40 

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