After being soundly beaten in the Bayern Rundfahrt time trial last week by Britain’s Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Fabian Cancellara (Leopard-Trek) is back to his usual position on top of the podium after winning the opening prologue of the 2011 Tour of Luxembourg on Wednesday.
Cancellara cruised around the very short and technical 2.6km route to don the leader’s jersey. Frenchmen Damien Gaudin (Europcar) and
Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) finished second and third.
Britain’s Ian Stannard (Sky) rode well, finishing just outside the top then in 11th spot, 15 seconds behind the Swiss world time trial champion. Fellow Brit Alex Dowsett (Sky) finished in 22nd spot, 17.5 seconds adrift of Cancellara.
The five-day, UCI 2.HC-category Tour of Luxembourg concludes on Sunday, June 5. Italian Matteo Carrara (Vacansoleil) won last year’s edition of the race.
Top Brit: Ian Stannard came 1th
Time trial world champion Fabian Cancellara on his way to winning the prologue
Fabian Cancellara takes the early lead