Fabian Cancellara Powers to Prologue Victory in 2012 Tour de France
In an eye-opening return-to-form Team RadioShack-Nissan's former time trial world champion rode to victory in the opening prologue of the 2012 Tour de France taking place in Liege, Belgium - a city well-known to cycling fans.
'OK, maybe it's just a little bit slippery,' but then I realized I had a (rear tire) flat and had to change the bike. I think it was a quick change, but it kills the morale and the rhythm. I'm really disappointed."
"I still have a good time, and I think would have a made a really good time without the flat tire. I wanted to fight for the Yellow. I'm disappointed, but I thought to myself 'just keep on fighting, the long time trials are coming.' I can tell I have very good condition. Now my goal is to keep the morale, stay in front, show the strength of me and the whole team and try again in the long time trial," Martin explained.
Liquigas-Cannondale's GC hopeful Vincenzo Nibali finished in 14th position, 18 seconds behind Cancellara. Team Omega Pharma-QuickStep's American GC outsider Levi Leipheimer finished 80th, 28 seconds back and therefore still appears to be affected by the crash he was involved in earlier this season.
By winning today's prologue Swiss rider Cancellara also took the overall Tour lead and the legendary yellow leader's jersey - or Maillot Jaune.
Sunday's stage 1 of the Tour de France 2012 is 198 kilometers and will lead the Tour de France peloton from Liege to an exciting stage finish in Seraing, Belgium.
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