Hushovd smashes prologue

Thor Hushovd put in an impressive prologue time trial to take the victory in Lloret de Mar by a six second margin over American George Hincapie (High Road). The win was the Norwegian's fourth of the season, and second prologue win after the 10 kilometre start to Paris-Nice in March. José Iván Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) was third, separated by just fractions of a second from Hincapie's Swedish team-mate Thomas Lövkvist and Karpin Galicia's Gustavo Cesar.

Hushovd had the advantage of being one of the last riders off, because while many of the early starters rode on wet roads, by the time the Credit Agricole rider took to the course the streets were dry. "I am very satisfied with this victory," Hushovd said. "Tomorrow it will be very complicated to hold onto the leader's jersey because the stage is very difficult, with several mountain passes. This does not favour me very much."

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