June 10, 2007
Wiggins wins Dauphiné prologue
Great Britain's Bradley Wiggins, clearly focused on the London Tour prologue less than a month away, stormed the Dauphné Libéré prologue TT in Grenoble today.
Wiggins edged Discovery Channel's Levi Leipheimer, the 2006 Dauphiné champion, and Astana's Andrey Kashechkin at the biggest tuneup for Tour contenders. Wiggins, with a long list of palmares on the track, takes the Dauphiné leader's jersey.
Discovery Channel placed 3 riders in the top 10, with Leipheimer 2nd, George Hincapie 4th at :02, and Egoi Martinez 9th at :05. Caisse d'Epargne leader Alejandro Valverde was 5th on the day.
Saunier Duval's David Millar, the other British hope for the prologue, was 11th on the day, at :06. Millar may have been slowed by wet roads that hampered earlier starters.
A strong prologue (7th) has Tom Boonen well positioned to take over the race lead with a sprint bonus during the race's early stages.
Top 10 (Stage and Overall)
1) Bradley Wiggins, UK, Cofidis, 4:50
2) Levi Leipheimer, USA, Discovery Channel, at :01
3) Andrey Kashechkin, Kazakhstan, Astana, at :02
4) George Hincapie, USA, Discovery Channel, at :02
5) Alejandro Valverde, Spain, Caisse d'Epargne, at :03
6) Dave Zabriskie, USA, Team CSC, at :03
7) Tom Boonen, Belgium, Quick Step, at :04
8) Nick Nuyens, Belgium, Cofidis, at :05
9) Egoi Martinez, Spain, Discovery Channel, at :05
10) Sebastien Joly, France, Française des Jeux, at :06
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