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Fabian Cancellara - (c) Ken Conley
Photo by Ken Conley
Dave Zabriskie - (c) Ken ConleyLevi Leipheimer - (c) Ken ConleyLance Armstrong - (c) Ken Conley

Tour of California 2009 Prologue Photos

The field was even more impressive, but that did nothing to deter Fabian Cancellara from repeating victory in the Tour of California opener. The dreaded rain stayed away most of the day, with most of the riders racing under blue skies, but the final impressive role of riders was treated to threatening sprinkles. Today was also notable for gargantuan cheers greeting Armstrong's return to racing in America. The organizers awarded him a "Most Courageous" Jersey, aka "anything to get Lance onstage" award.

The slow wifi here in the media room is keeping me from writing (and uploading) more, so look to these sites for more ToC 2009 coverage:

Incredible end for tomorrow

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Check out the final riders to go tomorrow -- it will be a special 15 minutes, for sure. I'll lock in my predication for tomorrow: Cancellara. Who knows what his form is, but the distance seems too short and flat for others, except maybe a fit Hushovd.

  1. 15.34'00" 25 LUX 19780703 KIRCHEN Kim Team Columbia-High Road THR
  2. 15.35'00" 41 BEL 19801015 BOONEN Tom Quick Step QST
  3. 15.36'00" 21 USA 19730629 HINCAPIE George Team Columbia-High Road THR
  4. 15.37'00" 162 USA 19710301 HAMILTON Tyler Rock Racing RRC
  5. 15.38'00" 38 USA 19790112 ZABRISKIE David Garmin-Slipstream GRM
  6. 15.39'00" 2 USA 19710918 ARMSTRONG Lance Astana AST
  7. 15.40'00" 31 USA 19760522 VANDEVELDE Christian Garmin-Slipstream GRM
  8. 15.41'00" 11 SUI 19810318 CANCELLARA Fabian Team Saxo Bank SAX
  9. 15.42'00" 61 ITA 19771126 BASSO Ivan Liquigas LIQ
  10. 15.43'00" 28 AUS 19791220 ROGERS Michael Team Columbia-High Road THR
  11. 15.44'00" 101 USA 19751014 LANDIS Floyd Ouch Presented By Maxxis OCM
  12. 15.45'00" 1 USA 19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi Astana AST

Prologue Photos

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Some notables from today for their performances or otherwise:

Bradley Wiggins Tyler Farrar Levi Leipheimer David Millar Edvald Hagen Gustav Larsson

Mario Cipollini Levi Leipheimer Tom Boonen Jens Voigt George Hincapie Danny Pate Tom Danielson Ivan Dominguez Freddie Rodriguez

Prologue Photo Gallery

Prologue: Fabian Cancellara Dominates

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Fabian Cancellara
Photo by Ken Conley

Palo Alto Prologue Photos

Cancellara showed he is a man of the prologue by dominating his way to victory and becoming the first non-US recipient of the Tour of California leader's jersey. On a day in which tenths of seconds mattered, Cancellara dominated the field by nearly six seconds on the short 2.1 mile course.

I'll have many photos to come, including Zabriskie's retro-ugly mustache as well as non-racing news makers Hamilton, Sevilla, and Landis.

Palo Alto Prologue Photos

Here's a breakdown of the standings based on riders with hope of making the top ten. In terms of top favorites, Astana had the best fortune with their contenders at the top of the standings, whereas CSC seems hurt most as Sastre and Schleck finished 92nd and 95th on the day, respectively. With time trialing like that CSC is really going to have to do something special in the mountains.

2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0.13
6 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Caisse d'Epargne 0.26
7 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0.30
17 Cadel Evans (Aus) Predictor - Lotto 0.36
19 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis - Le Crédit par Téléphone
20 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team 0.37
21 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
26 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.40
27 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
32 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.43
53 Kim Kirchen (Lux) T-Mobile Team 0.48
56 Christophe Moreau (Fra) AG2r Prévoyance 0.49
63 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0.51
92 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC 0.56
95 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 0.57
96 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi

Tour de France '07 Prologue: London

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Cancellara did his world champion stripes proud. After Kloden set a shockingly fast time on the day that no one could beat, Cancellara came in a full 13 seconds faster -- the only rider to crack the nine-minute barrier. The is Cancellara's second Prologue win and turn in yellow -- TdF fans may remember Cancellara's tearful victory in the 2004 Tour Prologue when he raced for Fassa Bortolo.

The Great British Hopes Wiggins and Millar couldn't crack the podium. In post-race interviews, Millar seemed to be promising a stage win later on. Not all was good for CSC, either. American favorite Dave Zabriskie was all the way down in tenth place at 9:22 and O'Grady crashed on one of the final turns (redubbed "O'Grady Corner" by Liggett).

Discovery Channel will be happy as Gusev placed well enough to move into the young rider's jersey and Hincapie did America proud by finishing in third. Leipheimer had a respectable 9:30.

Astana should be even happier as Vino is the highest placed overall favorite in 7th (9:20) and Kloden showed amazing form that only Cancellara could trump.

  1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 8.50 (53.7 km/h)
  2. Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 9.03
  3. George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 9.13
  4. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Cofidis 9.13
  5. Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Discovery Channel 9.15

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Live stage log after the jump.

Prologue predictions

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Fabian CancellaraGotta lock these in just in case I miss my alarm in the mornin':

  1. Fabian Cancellara
  2. David Millar
  3. Bradley Wiggins
  4. Dave Zabriskie

Honestly, this one is too hard to predict. Cancellara, Millar, and Wiggins all have this stage marked on their calendars; all have shown they have the skills to do it. On another site I predicted Millar, Wiggins, Cancellara, tipping the scales for the home-field advantage. The lack of technical terrain would normally make me favor Zabriskie, but DZ shed a lot of pounds to climb in the mountains and it seems to have cost him some TT power. Suffice to say, I want to see Zabriskie win it and won't be sad to see my predictions wrong. It would be great to see DZ in yellow again, if only for the interviews.

The ToC prologue may be moving down the peninsula to Palo Alto. AEG invited Palo Alto and Stanford to host the course and the Palo Alto City Council has approved. Riders would do a short 3-mile trek from Palo Alto City Hall to the Stanford Campus.

I'm definitely excited. I love the Coit Tower Prologue in San Francisco, but us peninsula people have been dying to see the ToC run through our backyard. I don't know what the impact will be on Stage 1 -- may we'll get to see Kings Mountain/Skyline/etc... in the mix.

Palo Alto Online Article

Prologue: Strasbourg ITT

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[Strasbourg - Strasbourg , 7.1km]

Thor! I never thought that OLN host Al Trautwig would get a pick right, but he outdid the followers of the conventional wisdom like myself who thought that Zabriskie would ace this one. This probably won't be the last stage that Hushovd adds to his tally -- there are plenty of opportunities in the opening week for him to outsprint the pack. It might have even been Landis competing for the top time on the day if it weren't for the fact that he lost about eight or nine seconds at the start house. He arrived late because they decided to change one of his tires at the last minute because of cuts that could have lead to a flat.

I enjoy watching the prologue: it can tell you quite a lot about how the Tour is going to shape up. Given the emphasis on long time trials this Tour, a prologue performance is an important indicator. Lets look at the standings:

1 Thor Hushovd, 8.17.00 (51.43 km/h)
2 George Hincapie, 0.00.73
3 David Zabriskie, 0.04.21
5 Alejandro Valverde, 0.04.92
8 Paolo Savoldelli, 0.08.02
9 Floyd Landis, 0.09.26
12 Tom Boonen, 0.11.21
14 Cadel Evans, 0.13.24
29 Bobby Julich, 0.18.84
32 Yaroslav Popovych, 0.20.02
36 Levi Leipheimer, 0.21.60
49 Jose Azevedo, 0.24.90

Some observations:

  • Valverde is living up to his odds-on-favorite status. With a top five prologue time trial and his excellent climbing ability, he can get seconds out of his competitors any which way.
  • Landis, Hincapie, and Savoldelli also stood out with their strong prologues (subtract eight seconds off of Landis' time). Hincapie should be a protected rider after a performance like that and Savoldelli might get a little wind shelter as insurance.
  • Boonen is in great position to grab a yellow jersey
  • Was is the two-year-absense or the lack of performance-enhancing drugs that was responsible for Millar's below-expected performance?
  • I'm still holding out hope for a Zabriskie yellow jersey after the Stage 7 time trial
  • Leipheimer's time wasn't bad, but it doesn't scream 'future Tour winner'

Summaries:

Prediction stats: * My prediction: Zabriskie first, Hincapie second * Actual: Zabriskie thrid, Hincapie second

Prologue: Liege-Liege

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It was a good day for Armstrong, even if he didn't emerge victorious. He put 15' on Ullrich and 16' on Hamilton in the short, seven-minute prologue and finished a close second. (Side note: Phil Liggett, as much as I enjoy his commentary, never seems to know where the finish line is). He looked strong on his bike and I am encouraged at his prospects for this year.

Cancellara showed that he's the man to pull Petacchi towards the finish line. The young, emotional rider was a surprise name to see at the top of the standings, but he put in a strong ride.