Tour de Suisse: Cancellara wins prologue

Blazing saddles! Team CSC's reigning world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara lit up the Tour de

Blazing saddles! Team CSC's reigning world time trial champion Fabian Cancellara lit up the Tour de
PIC: Fabian Cancellara, Team CSC (Gary Boulanger) Reigning world time time champion Fabian Cancellara (Team CSC) took a huge bite out of his rivals Saturday, handily winning the 2007 Tour de Suisse's 3.8-kilometer prologue. Cancellara won with an incredible eight seconds ahead of Lampre's Daniele Bennatti, who in turn only had one and a half seconds down to Stuart O'Grady in fifth place. "Fabian was amazing," CSC director Kim Andersen said. "Already yesterday, when we were checking out the route a couple of times, I was sure he'd win, because it was tailor made for him. It was a good thing that we'd done the route by car as well so we were prepared, because otherwise we wouldn't have been able to keep up with him." The Swiss CSC rider, who won gold in the time trial at the world road championships in Salzburg, Austria, in September, completed the 3.8 kilometer (2.36-mile) distance in 4:20. Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) finished third, nine seconds back. "The last race I won was at the world championships, so I was feeling a certain amount of pressure wearing the rainbow jersey," Cancellera said. "I'm not thinking about winning the Tour here. There are too many mountains. But I'll do what I can for the team. The final time trial in Bern is a huge personal goal for me since it's my home town." The nine-day Tour de Suisse, featuring the shortest circuit in 40 years, travels through Austria and Liechtenstein, finishing in the Swiss capital with a 34.2 kilometer (21.25-mile) time trial closing out 1,225 kilometers (761 miles) of racing. This year's Tour de Suisse has six 2,000 meters (6,561.68 feet) and higher. Results 1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi, Team CSC) 04:20:90 (52.615 km/h) 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:07:96 3 Jos Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:08:13 4 William Bonnet (Fra, Credit Agricole) 00:09:36 5 Stuart O'grady (Aus, Team CSC) 00:09:67 6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel) 00:09:70 7 Martin Elmiger (Swi, Ag2r Prevoyance) 00:10:82 8 Benot Vaugrenard (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:11:12 9 Stefan Schumacher (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 00:11:30 10 Leif Hoste (Bel, Predictor-Lotto) 00:11:69 11 Kim Kirchen (Lux, T-Mobile Team) 00:11:83 12 Beat Zberg (Swi, Gerolsteiner) 00:12:12 13 Andreas Klden (Ger, Astana) 00:12:59 14 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe, Unibet.com) 00:12:74 15 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa, Rabobank) 00:13:07 16 Gianni Meersman (Bel, Discovery Channel) 00:13:62 16 Hubert Schwab (Swi, Quick Step - Innergetic) 18 Franco Pellizotti (Ita, Liquigas) 00:13:63 19 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:13:79 20 Giovanni Visconti (Ita, Quick Step - Innergetic) 00:14:18 21 Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 00:14:55 22 Alessandro Ballan (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:14:62 23 Vladimir Karpets (Rus, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:14:71 24 Lars Ytting Bak (Den, Team CSC) 00:14:87 25 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:14:95 General classification after prologue 1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi, Team CSC) 00:04:20 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:08 3 Jos Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:09 4 William Bonnet (Fra, Credit Agricole) 00:00:10 5 Stuart O'grady (Aus, Team CSC) 6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team) 7 Martin Elmiger (Swi, Ag2r Prevoyance) 00:00:11 8 Benot Vaugrenard (Fra, Franaise Des Jeux) 00:00:12 9 Stefan Schumacher (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 10 Leif Hoste (Bel, Predictor-Lotto)

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