Savoldelli wins Romandie prologue again

Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) showed he is on track for the Giro by winning the prologue of the Tour de

Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) showed he is on track for the Giro by winning the prologue of the Tour de
For the fourth time in his career, Paolo Savoldelli (Astana) has won the prologue of the Tour de Romandie. The technical course was perfectly suited to Il Falco's skills as he covered the 3.5km in 4:35.12. Czech talent Roman Kreuziger (Liquigas) finished second at five seconds, but may have gotten close to the victory had he not had a mechanical problem at the start. Third place went to Chris Horner (Predictor-Lotto), who rode the course without using time trial bars. Horner's time of 4:42 was good enough to hold the top spot for a period, before Savoldelli smashed it by seven seconds. Last year's Romandie champion Cadel Evans (Predictor-Lotto) was off his best to finish 16th at 14 seconds. The prologue was run through the streets of Fribourg. The 3.5km course was downhill for the first half, including some tight bends. Then it was straight back up again with no respite. The riders who dared to take it to the limit on the descent were rewarded, and Savoldelli was by far the best of these. Tomorrow's first stage is between Granges-Paccot and La Chaux-de-Fonds. It's a hilly 158km, but the finish should be suited to the sprinters, with Robbie McEwen a favourite. Results 1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita, Astana) 00:04:35.12 2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze, Liquigas) 00:00:05 3 Christopher Horner (USA, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:07 4 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:09 5 Sandy Casar (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:10 6 Andrey Mizurov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 7 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:00:11 8 Hubert Schwab (Swi, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:11 9 Rigoberto Uran (Col, Unibet.com) 00:00:11 9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:11 11 Beat Zberg (Swi, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:12 12 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:12 13 David Zabriskie (USA, Team CSC) 00:00:12 14 Alexander Khatuntsev (Rus, Unibet.com) 00:00:12 15 Martin Elmiger (Swi, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:13 16 Cadel Evans (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:14 17 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:14 18 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita, Liquigas) 00:00:15 19 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned, Unibet.com) 00:00:15 19 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:15 21 Danilo Napolitano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:15 22 Karsten Kroon (Ned, Team CSC) 00:00:15 23 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro, Liquigas) 00:00:16 24 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 25 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:16 26 Markus Fothen (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:16 27 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 28 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:16 29 Patrick Calcagni (Swi, Liquigas) 00:00:16 30 Andrea Tonti (Ita, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:16 31 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 32 Mauro Facci (Ita, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:16 33 Michael Barry (Can, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:16 34 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:17 34 Alessandro Proni (Ita, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:17 36 Jos Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:17 37 Bobby Julich (USA, Team CSC) 00:00:17 38 Cristian Moreni (Ita, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:17 39 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:17 40 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:18 41 Oliver Zaugg (Swi, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:18 42 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:18 43 Stef Clement (Ned, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:18 44 Patrice Halgand (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:18 45 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:18 46 Bernhard Kohl (Aut, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:18 47 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 00:00:19 48 Ivan Santaromita (Swi, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:19 49 Jrmy Roy (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:19 50 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 00:00:19 51 Anthony Charteau (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:19 52 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:19 53 Pietro Caucchioli (Ita, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:19 54 Nicolas Portal (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:19 55 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:19 56 Serhiy Honchar (Ukr, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:19 57 Matthieu Sprick (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:20 58 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:20 59 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa, Team CSC) 00:00:20 60 Julian Dean (NZl, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:20 61 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:20 62 Michael Rogers (Aus, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:20 63 Jos Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:20 64 Theo Eltink (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:20 65 Gregory Henderson (NZl, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:20 66 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:21 67 David Canada Gracia (Spa, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:21 68 Robert Gesink (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:21 69 John Gadret (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:21 70 Luca Celli (Ita, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:21 71 Addy Engels (Ned, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:21 72 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:21 73 Michael Albasini (Swi, Liquigas) 00:00:21 74 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe, Unibet.com) 00:00:21 75 Vincent Jerome (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:22 76 Charles Wegelius (GBr, Liquigas) 00:00:22 77 Guido Trentin (Ita, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:22 78 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 00:00:22 79 Robert Frster (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:22 80 Leonardo Duque (Col, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:23 81 Giuseppe Guerini (Ita, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:23 82 Steve Morabito (Swi, Astana) 00:00:23 83 Frantisek Rabon (Cze, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:23 83 Igor Abakoumov (Bel, Astana) 00:00:23 85 Steve Zampieri (Swi, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:23 86 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:23 87 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col, Unibet.com) 00:00:23 88 Benot Poilvet (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:24 89 Christophe Moreau (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:24 90 Timothy Gudsell (NZl, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:24 91 Frdric Bessy (Fra, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:24 92 David Moncoutie (Fra, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:24 93 Jaime Castaneda (Col, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:25 93 Andreas Dietziker (Swi, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:25 95 Sergio Ghisalberti (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:25 96 Arnaud Gerard (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:25 97 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:25 98 Nicolas Crosbie (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:25 99 Johann Tschopp (Swi, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:26 100 Davide Vigano (Ita, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:26 101 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita, Astana) 00:00:26 102 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:26 102 Marco Marzano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:26 104 David Loosli (Swi, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:26 105 Martin Mller (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:27 106 Michal Golas (Pol, Unibet.com) 00:00:27 107 Marco Pinotti (Ita, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:28 108 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:28 109 Rmy Di Gregorio (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:28 110 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:28 111 Ludovic Turpin (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:28 112 Maryan Hary (Fra, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:28 113 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:00:28 114 Matej Jurco (Svk, Team Milram) 00:00:28 115 Paolo Bailetti (Ita, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:29 116 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:29 117 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:30 118 Borut Bozic (Slo, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:31 119 Kai Reus (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:31 120 Bart Dockx (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:31 121 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:32 122 Jon Bru Pascal (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:32 123 Antonio Colom Mas (Spa, Astana) 00:00:32 124 Marcel Strauss (Swi, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:32 125 Tom Criel (Bel, Unibet.com) 00:00:32 126 Sylvain Calzati (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:32 127 Nick Gates (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:32 128 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spa, Liquigas) 00:00:33 129 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:33 130 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:33 131 Aaron Olson (USA, t-Mobile Team) 00:00:33 132 Nicolas Hartmann (Fra, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:34 133 Johannes Frhlinger (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 00:00:35 134 Geert Verheyen (Bel, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:00:35 135 Wim Van Huffel (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:00:35 136 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:36 137 David Lopez Garcia (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:38 138 Leonardo Piepoli (Ita, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:38 139 Raffaele Ferrara (Ita, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:39 140 Amets Txurruka (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:39 141 Olivier Bonnaire (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:39 142 Reinbert Cornelis Wielinga (Ned, Saunier Duval - Prodir) 00:00:40 143 Pierre Drancourt (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:41 144 Eros Capecchi (Ita, Liquigas) 00:00:41 145 Inigo Landaluze Intxaurraga (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:42 146 Ignacio Gutierrez (Spa, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:42 147 Roger Beuchat (Swi, Team L.P.R.) 00:00:42 148 Jos Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:43 149 Cyrille Monnerais (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:43 150 Christophe Kern (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:43 151 Ian Mcleod (RSA, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:43 152 Matteo Bono (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:43 153 Cyril Dessel (Fra, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:44 154 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col, Cofidis, le Crdit Par Tlphone) 00:00:44 155 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:44 156 Sebastian Schwager (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:45 157 Marco Zanotti (Ita, Unibet.com) 00:00:46 158 Chris Srensen (Den, Team CSC) 00:00:47 159 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra, Crdit Agricole) 00:00:49 160 Simon Gerrans (Aus, Ag2r Prvoyance) 00:00:50 161 Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 00:00:50 162 Fabio Sacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:53 163 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa, Euskaltel - Euskadi) 00:00:57 164 Jan Boven (Ned, Rabobank) 00:01:08 165 Nazareno Rossi (Swi, Team L.P.R.) 00:01:11 166 Robbie McEwen (Aus, Predictor-Lotto) 00:01:30 Got a comment? 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