Voigt takes Paris-Nice prologue

Jens Voigt continues his winning form by taking the Paris-Nice prologue by two seconds from Fabian C

Jens Voigt continues his winning form by taking the Paris-Nice prologue by two seconds from Fabian C
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Jens Voigt and his CSC team put on a combined show of strength in this afternoon's prologue time trial in Paris-Nice, the German winning the day in Issy les Moulineaux as the Danish squad clearly demonstrated their all-round power by placing six riders in the top 17 finishers. Voigt finished two seconds clear of last year's Tour de France prologue winner Fabian Cancellara, with Erik Dekker another second back in third place. Lance Armstrong came into the race talking about having low expectations, and a finish in 140th place at 27 seconds underlined that he is still a long way off his best. The best American rider in the prologue was Armstrong's former team-mate David Zabriskie, one of that very competitive CSC team, who finished eighth at five seconds. There was no fairytale start either for Britain's Bradley Wiggins in this the first event of the first-ever ProTour. The Olympic 4,000-metre champion finished 14 seconds down over a course measuring just about that distance, but containing a climb of 150-feet or so. That was good enough for 62nd place. "I'm very proud and also very happy about this victory," said Voigt, who won the Tour of the Mediterranean in the middle of last month. "The team has had a great year so far, and it's great to be able to continue in this way. We have been working extremely hard during the winter, and it's paying off now. I've won a very prestigious leader's jersey here in Paris-Nice, and I really hope we're able to hold on to it for the rest of the race. We have a very strong line-up, and I know I'll get all the support I could possibly want from my team mates." CSC team manager Bjarne Riis was just as delighted, saying: "We've had a fantastic start to this race, and I was very impressed that all our riders did well in the prologue. Jens is flying at the moment, and of course this heightens our expectations for a big result. We've been training so hard ahead of Paris-Nice, and now we have once again shown, that we have done our homework. We have a lot to be proud of at the moment, and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team and all our employees for their efforts, which make it possible for us to achieve results like this." 1 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 4km in 5.15 (45.71kph) 2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 0.02 3 Erik Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 0.03 4 Vladimir Goussev (Rus) CSC 5 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Cofidis 0.04 6 Nico Mattan (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto 7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Liberty Seguros 8 David Zabriskie (USA) CSC 0.05 9 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak 0.06 10 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 11 Thomas Dekker (Hol) Rabobank 16 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) T-Mobile 0.07 17 Bobby Julich (USA) CSC 20 Jorg Jaksche (Ger) Liberty Seguros 0.08 22 Thomas Lovkvist (Swe) Francaise des Jeux 23 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 41 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears 0.11 51 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel 52 Fred Rodriguez (USA) Davitamon-Lotto 58 Floyd Landis (USA) Phonak 0.14 62 Bradley Wiggins (GB) Crdit Agricole 71 Robert Hunter (SA) Rabobank 0.16 86 Carlos Sastre (Spa) CSC 0.19 104 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 0.21 123 Charly Wegelius (GB) Liquigas-Bianchi 0.24 140 Lance Armstrong (USA) Discovery Channel 0.27 159 Ian McLeod (SA) Francaise des Jeux 0.33
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