zaterdag 7 juli 2007

TdF Stage 1 - London

The Tour de France 2007 started on 07-07-07 in one of the biggest cities in the world London. Not only the tour was going on there but also Live Earth, Wimbledon and a Grand Prix but still thousands of people came to see the riders.

In the beginning of the prologue the Russians were leading. Both Vladimir Gusev and Vladimir Karpets set a good time untill Astana-driver Andreas Klöden came. He crushed the best time from Gusev with 12 seconds. Almost everybody failed to get a better time even Vinokourov, Millar and Wiggins but then Fabian Cancellara came. At the first check-point he already was 7 seconds ahead of Klöden and at the finish he enlarged this to 12 seconds. Biggest loser of the day was Carlos Sastre who lost almost a minute over the 7.9 km long stage.

For Euskaltel Mikel Astarloza made a great performance. He was in the top 10 for a very long time and at the end he became fourteenth, a great result. For Haimar Zubeldia the time trial wasn't a succes at all, he finished 96th, losing 57 seconds against Cancellara.

1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team CSC 8.50
2 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 9.03
3 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 9.13
14 Mikel Astarloza 9.23
55 Ruben Perez 9.38
80 Gorka Verdugo 9.44
96 Haimar Zubeldia 9.47
118 Igor Anton 9.52
144 Inigo Landaluze 9.58
147 Amets Txurruka 9.58
165 Inaki Isasi 10.06
167 Jorge Azanza 10.06

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