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Casey B. Gibson is on hand as the 2012 Tour de France gets under way in Liège, Belgium
The Swedish time trial champ rides a large but has an unusually narrow arm position for a big guy
Graham Watson shoots the prologue to the 2012 Tour de France
Nick Legan ferrets out some tech tidbits from the USAPCC prologue
Cannondale's new aero Slice. Ready for Basso's use.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (VN) — For a team that is just eight weeks away from its demise, HTC-Highroad had a banner day in Colorado Springs on Monday at the USA Pro Cycling Challenge prologue, taking three leader’s jerseys with stage winner (and race leader) Gretsch, best young rider Tejay van Garderen, and most aggressive rider, Colorado Springs native Danny Pate.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (VN) — There haven’t been many instances during his 15-year career that Christian Vande Velde has ridden a downhill prologue — and even fewer times that he’s started off a time trial stage as one of the first 12 riders out of the start house.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (VN) — HTC-Highroad's men's team, in the final half year of its existence, continues to post top results. On a sweltering day with Pikes Peak as a backdrop, the team's 24-year-old German time trial specialist, Patrick Gretsch, powered to a win here Monday on the largely downhill 5.2-mile prologue of the first USA Pro Cycling Challenge.
- 1. Lars Boom (NED), Rabobank Cycling Team, 5.4km in 6:18
- 2. Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ), Astana, at 0:02
- 3. Bradley Wiggins (GBR), Team Sky, at 0:05
- 4. John Degenkolb (GER), HTC-Highroad, at 0:06
- 5. Biel Kadri (FRA), Ag2r La Mondiale, at 0:08
A look at some of the time trial goodies on display at Saturday's prologue
Making the Tour team and dealing with the 'mind tornado' of pre-Tour madness
The Australian rides to a safe 23rd, but will continue with one fewer teammate.
Fabian Cancellara's prologue-winning Specialized Shiv
Prologue time differences may be small, but they are a good indicator of overall success at the Tour..
Lance Armstrong was happy to have a good ride in Saturday's Tour prologue — and even happier to put some time on his rivals.
A rule introduced last year eliminating time bonuses from the Tour could mean a long run in the yellow jersey for Cancellara.
The American comes in 11th and says his goal is to help his BMC team all the way to Paris.
The Cervélo TestTeam strictly applied its internal rules and ejected Xavier Florencio for what some would say was a minor violation.
Casey B. Gibson brought back the goods from the prologue
Graham Watson's photos from Rotterdam.
The World TT champ outpaces Tony Martin and Millar. Armstrong takes a few seconds from Contador.
Inside the Tour with John Wilcockson: With scattered thunderstorms, a 40-percent chance of rain and a brisk north wind in the forecast for Rotterdam Saturday, the 97th Tour de France could open with some major surprises.