Prologue performances rated

So who had a good day and who had a bad day as the 2004 Tour got under way....?

So who had a good day and who had a bad day as the 2004 Tour got under way....?
GOOD DAY Lance Armstrong: "Eat this" might have been one choice praise uttered by the champion as he powered through the streets of Lige tonight, to assert his status once more as the number one contender for victory in Paris on July 25. Marks out of 10 - 8.5 (He didn't win the stage) Fabian Cancellara: Moved to tears by his victory, the 23 year old was as smooth as silk on the 6.1km route. So confident was his style, he even made a flying Armstrong look pedestrian... Marks out of 10 - 9.5 Brad McGee: Tense, nervous headache? You bet, as the stress got to the Australian in the build-up to his prologue defence. Even so, he still managed fourth place and after his rides in the Route du Sud and the Giro is a more complete GC contender than ever before. Marks out of 10 - 7.5 for resilience BAD DAY (that's almost everybody else...) Jan Ullrich: Underpowered and overgeared? Just bluffing? Waiting for that tough final week...? Hmmm, he just didn't look fast enough to us. Marks out of 10 - 4 (but 10 if it WAS a bluff...) Tyler Hamilton: Looked uncomfortable, fighting his bike for most of the ride. Not the smooth assured form that had been expected, but then at least he hasn't got a broken bone to contend with this time... Marks out of 10 - 5 (much more will be needed if he wants to claim that podium spot). Iban Mayo: OK, so the course was flat but is this really the guy who won the Dauphin prologue and then crushed all-comers on Mont Ventoux? Has he blown his gasket already? Is he waiting for the Alpe? Will Euskaltel survive the drama's of next week's cobbled sections...? Marks out of 10 - 4 Cofidis: It never rains but it pours. Poor Matt White hit the deck while warming up and was forced out of the race, due to his injuries. But Peter Farazijn managed to jump in his car and get to the race in time... That's all right then. Marks out of 10 - 5 (that's largely due to Stuart O'Grady)
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