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Zubeldia zips to prologue victory

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Fumiyuki Beppu (Team Radioshack) checks out the course before the race.

Fumiyuki Beppu (Team Radioshack) checks out the course before the race.
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Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale) was nine seconds behind on the course.

Maxime Bouet (AG2R La Mondiale) was nine seconds behind on the course.
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Spain's Haimar Zubeldia (Team Radioshack) was the quickest over the course.

Spain's Haimar Zubeldia (Team Radioshack) was the quickest over the course.
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Fans lined the course to watch the riders go through.

Fans lined the course to watch the riders go through.
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Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team) finished in 10th place.

Steve Morabito (BMC Racing Team) finished in 10th place.
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Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Continental) placed second, narrowly missing the stage win.

Dutch rider Wilco Kelderman (Rabobank Continental) placed second, narrowly missing the stage win.
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Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale)

Hubert Dupont (AG2R La Mondiale)
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France's Laurent Mangel (Saur - Sojasun) took the final podium step, within a second of the winner's time.

France's Laurent Mangel (Saur - Sojasun) took the final podium step, within a second of the winner's time.
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This Cofidis rider clearly looked like he was leaving everything he had out on the course.

This Cofidis rider clearly looked like he was leaving everything he had out on the course.
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Française Des Jeux brought two of its stagiaires to the race.

Française Des Jeux brought two of its stagiaires to the race.
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Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was just one second off the pace.

Greg Van Avermaet (Omega Pharma-Lotto) was just one second off the pace.
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Fumiyuki Beppu (Team Radioshack) gives his all during the time trial.

Fumiyuki Beppu (Team Radioshack) gives his all during the time trial.
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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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