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60th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré - Prologue
 
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Date: 6/8/2008
60th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré - Prologue
 

60th Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré Prologue & Photos
Levi Leipheimer rockets into the race lead in the opening prologue. Report, results and photos.

Astana's Levi Leipheimer was the first rider to slip on the yellow and blue jersey of race leader winning the opening prologue by one second over Credit Agricole's Thor Husvod two time previous winner of the opening contest. Caisse d'Epargne team leader, Alejandro Valverde turned in a surprising time today to finish six second off Levi's stage winning pace of 54.48 km/h for third.


Astana's Levi Leipheimer 2006 winner riding on his way to victory.
Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

143 riders took the start at the 60th Criterium du Dauphine Libere today under sunny skies with some rain forecast for the pan flat 5.6 km prologue time trial from Le Pontet to Avignon. Defending champ Christophe Moreau is racing elsewhere this year and Silence/Lotto's Cadel Evans has the honor of wearing the number one dossard at the start having finished 2nd in 2007. 


Liquigas' Manuel Quinziato    Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Early in the day Liquigas' sprinter Manuel Quinziato set the time to beat at 6:23:98. Milram's Aussie Brett Lancaster bested Quinziato's time by .062. With the favorites and time trial specialists taking the start the Vladimir Efimkin bested the two and when Cofidis's Maxime Monfort put in a strong performance that stood till Valverde and the fast legs took the flat course with a tailwind.


Cadel Evans prepares his black mariah in the start house.
Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Team Comments
Caisse d'Epargne
“I am very satisfied with the time I realized in this first time trial of the French race. I had very good feelings since the first meters and I knew that my time on the finishing line would be a very good one but I did not think that I would be so close behind specialists like Leipheimer and Hushovd. My result is evidence that I am already in very good condition and I hope that I will be achieve a good race here even if it is not the main goal. The Dauphiné is the best preparation for the Tour de France and also the best way to see our rivals’ level. But if it is also possible to win a stage, better!”


Alejandro Valverde turned in an excellent performance for third.
Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Astana Cycling Team
Levi Leipheimer was the fastest rider in the 5.6 K prologue of the Dauphiné Libéré. Thor Hushovd (Crédit Agricole) was second, one second behind, Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) third. It is the 3rd victory of the season for the American road champion and his 2nd in a time trial.


Hammer down: Thor Husvod second by a second today.
Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Astana against all Tour riders. That was the subject of all talks before the start of the French stage race. Many racing in the Tour de France this July are also participating in the Dauphiné Libéré. The Dauphiné is an ideal prep-race, sort of a "mini-Tour," compressed into eight days. Levi Leiheimer, already overall winner of the Dauphiné in 2006, made a goal of this race. It couldn’t start better for him.

The American rider was followed in the car by Team Manager Johan Bruyneel, who was impressed by the performance of his leader. “Levi’s last kilometer was especially impressive,” commented Bruyneel. “Since he was one of the last riders to start, we knew most intermediate times. With one K to go, Levi still was one second behind specialist Thor Hushovd. We knew that Levi was ready for this job; he couldn’t have had a better start.”

The fastest man on the flat circuit between Le Pontet and Avignon was of course more than happy. “You always hope to win, but it is so unpredictable, races over such a short distance. I knew my condition was very good. Many people had their doubts about me after the Giro, but we knew better. Don’t forget that I was in California and in moderate training mode before getting the last-second call to ride the Giro. I crashed the first week and had cheek and elbow injuries. As I could not get a good classification in the Giro, I worked one-hundred percent for Alberto Contador in the mountains. I felt the last week in Italy that my condition was getting better and better. I hope to continue that way. My team mates believe in me. I’m not planning to shake their confidence."

Team CSC
Good Start for Carlos Sastre

Carlos Sastre had a good start to the important pre-Tour de France race Criterium du Dauphiné Libéré. The Spanish Team CSC captain did well in the 5.6-kilometer prologue with finish line near the castle of Chateauneuf du Pape in Avignon. Sastre ended up somewhere between 15th and 20th and teammate Lars Bak finished in about the same time.


CSC's Carlos Sastre. Photo © 2008 Fotoreporter Sirotti

"Carlos was looking good out there. He looked comfortable and did a great job. Of course we'll have to wait till later on in the race to see how his form really is. The next couple of stages are more suited for riders like Alexandr Kolobnev, Karsten Kroon, Marcus Ljungqvist and most definitely also Lars Bak, who seemed in great shape out there today," said Team CSC sports director Scott Sunderland.

Lampre
 No good results for Lampre in Criterium Dauphinè: in the prologue Le Pontet-Avignone (5 km), best blue-fucsia rider was Szmyd, who obtained the 85th position at 32" from the winner Leipheimer.
Other Lampre's cyclists: Righi 97th at 34", Lorenzetto 103rd at 35", Bindi 123rd at 38", Longo 136th at 43", Fornaciari 139th at 44" and Santambrogio 140th at 45".


Levi Leipheimer in the yellow and blue jersey of the Dauphine.

Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
Prologue Results & General Classification
5.6 km - 6'10"05 - 54.486 km/h,
1 11 LEIPHEIMER Levi AST USA 06'10"05 00"
2 41 HUSHOVD Thor C.A NOR 06'11"47 01"
3 21 VALVERDE Alejandro GCE ESP 06'16"29 06"


Maxime Monfort of Cofidis.

4 88 MONFORT Maxime COF BEL 06'22"03 12"
5 64 EFIMKIN Vladimir ALM RUS 06'22"21 ' '
6 1 EVANS Cadel SIL AUS 06'23"22 13"
7 174 LANCASTER Brett MRM AUS 06'23"36 ' '
8 146 QUINZIATO Manuel LIQ ITA 06'23"98 ' '
9 51 BARREDO LLAMAZALES Qscar Tlos ESP 06'24"04 14"
10 31 ZUBELDIA Haimar EUS ESP 06'24"42 ' '

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11 138 LEWIS Craig THR USA 06'24"43 ' '
12 135 GREIPEL André THR GER 06'24"82 ' '
13 96 WEGMANN Fabian GST GER 06'25"44 15"
14 136 HANSEN Adam THR AUS 06'25"97 ' '
15 33 ASTARLOZA Mikel EUS ESP 06'26"01 16"
16 12 BRAJKOVIC Janez AST SLO 06'26"25 ' '
17 134 GRABSCH Bert THR GER 06'26"62 ' '
18 38 SANCHEZ Samuel EUS ESP 06'26"70 ' '
19 71 GESINK Robert RAB NED 06'26"80 ' '
20 151 SASTRE Carlos CSC ESP 06'27"03 17"
21 152 BAK Lars Ytting CSC DEN 06'27"51 ' '
22 18 VAITKUS Tomas AST LTU 06'27"51 ' '
23 93 LANG Sebastian GST GER 06'27"70 ' '
24 172 GRIVKO Andriy MRM UKR 06'27"77 ' '
25 57 VAN IMPE Kevin QST BEL 06'27"83 ' '
26 83 BRARD Florent COF FRA 06'28"21 18"
27 137 HINCAPIE George THR USA 06'28"31 ' '
28 42 BONNET William C.A FRA 06'28"34 ' '
29 73 FLECHA GIANNONI Juan RAAntBoniEoSP 06'28"68 ' '
30 13 HORNER Christopher AST USA 06'29"48 19"
31 131 ROGERS Michael THR AUS 06'29"54 ' '
32 103 COPPEL Jerome FDJ FRA 06'29"64 ' '
33 126 LEFEVRE Laurent BTL FRA 06'30"20 20"
34 121 VOECKLER Thomas BTL FRA 06'30"22 ' '
35 95 STAMSNIJDER Tom GST NED 06'30"60 ' '
36 122 CLEMENT Stef BTL NED 06'30"67 ' '
37 85 HARY Maryan COF FRA 06'30"74 ' '
38 53 GARATE Juan Manuel QST ESP 06'30"87 ' '
39 101 CASAR Sandy FDJ FRA 06'31"79 21"
40 67 LOUBET Julien ALM FRA 06'31"81 ' '
41 178 VELITS Peter MRM SVK 06'31"89 ' '
42 68 RIBLON Christophe ALM FRA 06'31"90 ' '
43 26 PEREIRO SIO Oscar GCE ESP 06'31"92 ' '
44 175 ROELS Dominik MRM GER 06'32"10 22"
45 124 FEDRIGO Pierrick BTL FRA 06'32"15 ' '
46 74 MOERENHOUT Koos RAB NED 06'32"28 ' '
47 77 WALKER William RAB AUS 06'33"60 23"
48 75 HORRILLO MUNOZ PedroRAB ESP 06'33"67 ' '
49 44 GERRANS Simon C.A AUS 06'34"40 24"
50 56 VAN DE WALLE Jurgen QST BEL 06'34"41 ' '
51 16 PAULINHO Sergio AST POR 06'34"41 ' '
52 155 KROON Karsten CSC NED 06'34"61 ' '
53 54 GRABOVSKYY Dmytro QST UKR 06'35"08 25"
54 43 FOFONOV Dmitriy C.A KAZ 06'35"41 ' '
55 23 GARCIA ACOSTA José ViGceCnEte ESP 06'35"44 ' '
56 48 ROLLAND Pierre C.A FRA 06'35"98 ' '
57 123 QUEMENEUR Perrig BTL FRA 06'36"31 26"
58 76 NIERMANN Grischa RAB GER 06'36"47 ' '
59 107 MONNERAIS Cyrille FDJ FRA 06'36"96 ' '
60 36 OROZ Juan Jose EUS ESP 06'37"17 27"
61 62 ARRIETA José Luis ALM ESP 06'37"44 ' '
62 35 ISASI Inaki EUS ESP 06'37"49 ' '
63 125 LABBE Arnaud BTL FRA 06'37"51 ' '
64 81 MONCOUTIE David COF FRA 06'37"59 ' '
65 72 ELIJZEN Michiel RAB NED 06'37"67 ' '
66 47 PAURIOL Rémi C.A FRA 06'37"84 ' '
67 91 HAUSSLER Heinrich GST GER 06'38"00 28"
68 14 NAVARRO Daniel AST ESP 06'38"17 ' '
69 176 SCHRÖDER Björn MRM GER 06'38"30 ' '
70 86 MINARD Sébastien COF FRA 06'38"42 ' '
71 147 WEGELIUS Charles LIQ GBR 06'38"57 ' '
72 28 URAN Rigoberto GCE COL 06'38"71 ' '
73 61 DESSEL Cyril ALM FRA 06'39"02 29"
74 105 GERARD Arnaud FDJ FRA 06'39"06 ' '
75 158 SÖRENSEN Nicki CSC DEN 06'39"07 ' '
76 4 CIONI Dario David SIL ITA 06'39"86 ' '
77 154 KOLOBNEV Alexandr CSC RUS 06'40"20 30"
78 144 KUSCHYNSKI Aleksandr LIQ BLR 06'40"39 ' '
79 173 KUX Christian MRM GER 06'40"55 ' '
80 87 MOINARD Amaël COF FRA 06'41"00 31"
81 66 GOUBERT Stéphane ALM FRA 06'41"15 ' '
82 128 TROFIMOV Yury BTL RUS 06'41"50 ' '
83 104 DI GREGORIO Rémy FDJ FRA 06'41"62 ' '
84 127 PICHOT Alexandre BTL FRA 06'41"99 ' '
85 118 SZMYD Sylvester LAM POL 06'42"14 32"
86 63 DUPONT Hubert ALM FRA 06'42"30 ' '
87 92 KOHL Bernhard GST AUT 06'42"35 ' '
88 166 JUFRE Josep SDV ESP 06'42"40 ' '
89 15 NOVAL Benjamin AST ESP 06'42"53 ' '
90 102 CHAVANEL Sébastien FDJ FRA 06'43"35 33"
91 65 GADRET John ALM FRA 06'43"38 ' '
92 22 COYOT Arnaud GCE FRA 06'43"60 ' '
93 37 PEREZ Ruben EUS ESP 06'43"71 ' '
94 45 HALGAND Patrice C.A FRA 06'43"83 ' '
95 84 DUMOULIN Samuel COF FRA 06'43"98 ' '
96 165 MEGIAS Javier SDV ESP 06'44"03 34"
97 116 RIGHI Daniele LAM ITA 06'44"29 ' '
98 133 DAVIS Scott THR AUS 06'44"43 ' '
99 132 BARRY Michael THR CAN 06'44"56 ' '
100 163 COBO ACEBO Juan Jose SDV ESP 06'45"06 35"
101 55 PRONI Alessandro QST ITA 06'45"16 ' '
102 58 VIGANO Davide QST ITA 06'45"22 ' '
103 114 LORENZETTO Mirco LAM ITA 06'45"28 ' '
104 148 WILLEMS Frederik LIQ BEL 06'45"40 ' '
105 27 PORTAL Nicolas GCE FRA 06'45"51 ' '
106 168 PASSERON Aurélien SDV FRA 06'45"62 ' '
107 157 SÖRENSEN Chris Anker CSC DEN 06'45"77 ' '
108 2 AERTS Mario SIL BEL 06'45"84 ' '
109 24 HORRACH Joan GCE ESP 06'46"04 36"
110 5 DOCKX Bart SIL BEL 06'46"10 ' '
111 143 DA DALTO Mauro LIQ ITA 06'46"23 ' '
112 3 BRANDT Christophe SIL BEL 06'46"49 ' '
113 153 CUESTA Inigo CSC ESP 06'46"80 ' '
114 141 BELTRAN Manuel LIQ ESP 06'46"80 ' '
115 8 SENTJENS Roy SIL BEL 06'46"93 ' '
116 171 GHISALBERTI Sergio MRM ITA 06'46"99 ' '
117 82 AUGE Stéphane COF FRA 06'47"10 37"
118 17 RUBIERA José Luis AST ESP 06'47"15 ' '
119 97 WESTPHAL Carlo GST GER 06'47"17 ' '
120 162 DE LA FUENTE David SDV ESP 06'47"40 ' '
121 156 LJUNGQVIST Marcus CSC SWE 06'47"70 ' '
122 52 CARRARA Matteo QST ITA 06'47"71 ' '
123 111 BINDI Emanuele LAM ITA 06'48"65 38"
124 78 WEENING Pieter RAB NED 06'49"00 39"
125 94 ORDOWSKI Volker GST GER 06'49"03 ' '
126 108 VANENDERT Jelle FDJ BEL 06'49"26 ' '
127 145 MUGERLI Matej LIQ SLO 06'49"60 ' '
128 161 GOMEZ MARCHANTE JosSéD AVngeElSP 06'49"76 ' '
129 25 LOPEZ GARCIA David GCE ESP 06'50"53 40"
130 6 LLOYD Matthew SIL AUS 06'50"85 ' '
131 98 WROLICH Peter GST AUT 06'51"19 41"
132 7 POPOVYCH Yaroslav SIL UKR 06'51"41 ' '
133 46 LE MEVEL Christophe C.A FRA 06'51"82 ' '
134 106 JOLY Sébastien FDJ FRA 06'51"92 ' '
135 142 AGNOLI Valerio LIQ ITA 06'52"77 42"
136 115 LONGO Roberto LAM ITA 06'53"45 43"

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