Hincapie Wins Dauphine Libere Prologue
George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) has taken the early lead in the Dauphine Libere.
George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) has taken the early lead in the Dauphine Libere. Hincapie won the race?s prologue, blitzing through the 7.9-km course in Aix-les-Bains in 9:55. Levi Leipheimer (Gerolsteiner) finished second at 0:01, and Andrei Kashechkin (Credit Agricole) finished third.
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Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) set the early standard with a 10:22. Alberto Contador (Liberty Seguros) bettered Hushovd?s time with a 10:04, but Hincapie pipped Contador moments later. Many riders remained, and Hincapie?s time, although excellent, was not expected to be the last word.
Many riders attempted to topple Hincapie. Floyd Landis (Phonak) rode a 10:00, which was good enough for fourth. Six-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong (Discovery Channel) was a second slower than Landis and took fifth. Oscar Pereiro (Phonak) posted a 10:02, and Kashechkin snared third place with a 9:58. With only seven riders remaining, Leipheimer posted his 9:56.
In the overall, Hincapie leads Leipheimer by 0:01 and Kashechkin by 0:03. Stage 2 will be a sprinters? stage. The 224-km run from Aix-les-Bains to Givors, which will feature one Category 4 and two Category 3 ascents, should not break up the field. Who will win the sprint? Will Hincapie keep the overall lead? For the answers to these questions and more, check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!