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July 03, 2004

Cancellara takes prologue; Armstrong 2nd

Tour rookie Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland took the first Tour de France stage he ever suited up for, beating Lance Armstrong through the 6.1-km prologue by 1.5 seconds.

Cancellara, 23, takes the 1st yellow jersey of the 2004 Tour for Alessandro Petacchi's Fassa Bortolo team. Since Cancellara earned both yellow and green jerseys with his ride, Armstrong will start in the unfamiliar green jersey tomorrow.

Top 10:

  1. Cancellara      6:50.94
  2. Armstrong     6:52.58
  3. Jose Ivan Gutierrez     6:58.41
  4. Bradley McGee     6:59.90
  5. Thor Hushovd     7:00.98
  6. Oscar Pereiro     7:01.39
  7. Jens Voigt     7:01.42
  8. Christophe Moreau     7:02.45
  9. Bobby Julich     7:02.84
  10. George Hincapie     7:02.89

Levi Leipheimer was 13th, Jan Ullrich was 16th, Floyd Landis 17th, Tyler Hamilton 18th, Iban Mayo 26th.

In the GC, Armstrong will start with about 15 seconds in hand on Jan Ullrich and 18 seconds on Iban Mayo.

Look for Thor Hushovd to wear yellow sometime this week based on his high placing and some time bonuses.

Also, it's hard to take Roberto Heras too seriously on GC: He finished 104th, losing about 35 seconds to Armstrong over a 6.1-km course. In the 60-km ITT of Stage 19, that will be several minutes. He told BBC he believes he can take the yellow jersey in the Pyrenees, but even he has some doubts about holding it into Paris.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 3, 2004 in Fabian Cancellara, Iban Mayo, Jan Ullrich, Lance Armstrong 2004, Levi Leipheimer, Oscar Pereiro, Roberto Heras, Stage results, Thor Hushovd, Top Stories, Tyler Freaking Hamilton | Permalink

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