Will Cancellara ever lose another prologue?

A quick flick through the record books tells us that Fabian Cancellara's victory margin yesterday was the third biggest in the Tour's history. Only Freddy Maertens in 1967 and Chris Boardman in 1994 opened up more daylight between themselves and the rest of the field in a Tour prologue.

A quick flick through the record books tells us that Fabian Cancellara's victory margin yesterday was the third biggest in the Tour's history. Only Freddy Maertens in 1967 and Chris Boardman in 1994 opened up more daylight between themselves and the rest of the field in a Tour prologue.

This begs the question - what in the name of Swiss cheese was Bjarne Riis thinking when he left Cancellara out of his Tour line-up last year? I can only imagine that this YouTube classic offers some clues.

In all seriousness, Cancellara proved yesterday that he is the ultimate prologue performer. Not only should he never miss the Tour again, he might never be beaten in another prologue in the Grande Boucle. One or two people noted yesterday that "Spartacus" has won two Tour prologues in four years. Two in four years, yes, but also two in two attempts, given that the 2005 Tour started with a 19km time trial, not a prologue, and that Riis gave him the reverse nod last year.

You'll probably have noticed that Riis was in London, despite being about as welcome as the rain. Yeah, we could see you. Bjarne, jigging away to Lemar at the team presentation on Friday night. "If there's any justice in the world...." That one was for you, Bjarne.

Getting back to Cancellara, apparently he had a lawyer's statement ready for anyone who asked him about doping this weekend. We didn't get a recital on Saturday night, so maybe his crib notes went missing at Heathrow along with his suitcase. Cancellara still hadn't relocated his luggage last night, hence the designer stubble he sported yesterday.

To look at Bradley Wiggins's current hairdo, you'd think that he'd mislaid his vanity case, his fashion sense and his marbles. At least the "The Wigg" can still oblige a decent quote when you need one. His verdict on finishing fourth in the London prologue? "It's nice to be recognised for actually achieving something in life instead of spending seven weeks in the Big Brother house with a load of other muppets".

Top stuff Brad. Now just sort out that barnet.

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