Tour de France 2010 begins

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Yes!  The 2010 Tour de France is underway.  The results of the Prologue time trial are in today and Victoria’s Ryder Hesjedal finished a very respectable 37th.  He’s riding the confidence of a very good 2010 season and has said in recent interviews that he might just win a stage this year.

Here’s the Tour route video for 2010:


From CBC Sports:

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the prologue of the Tour de France on Saturday, with seven-time winner Lance Armstrong finishing an impressive fourth to start what he’s calling his last ride in cycling’s main event.

Cancellara, who has won four Tour prologues including last year’s in Monaco, clocked 10 minutes for the individual time trial on 8.9 kilometres of rain-dampened roads in Rotterdam.

“That was a great opening for me and the team,” Cancellara said, referring to his Danish squad Saxo Bank. “It’s an amazing day. I’m really happy.”

Germany’s Tony Martin, who had led for most of the day, was second, 10 seconds back, and David Millar of Britain placed third — 20 seconds off the pace.

Armstrong trailed 22 seconds back in fourth. Perhaps most impressively, the American edged out rival Alberto Contador — the defending Tour champion and top pre-race favourite — by five seconds.

Ryder Hesjedal of Victoria was 37th, 46 seconds off the pace, while Michael Barry of Toronto was 120th, 1:08 back. The top rider for the Canadian-owned Cervelo TestTeam was Lithuanian Ignatas Konovalovas, who was 33rd, 44 seconds behind the leader.

Read more at CBC Sports

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