Radio Shack-Nissan-Trek's Fabian Cancellara opened the 2012 Tour de France with his 4th straight prologue victory, taking the 3.9 mi (6.4 km) course through the streets of Liege, Belgium with a time of 7 minutes and 13 seconds. The Swiss time trial expert holds a seven second lead over Sky's Bradley Wiggins and Omega Pharma-Quck Step's Sylvain Chavanel.
BMC's Tejay van Garderen was the first American through the course finishing in fourth place with a time of seven minutes and 23 seconds. George Hincapie, also with BMC, was the second fastest American and finished the stage in 22nd place with a time of seven minutes and 33 seconds.
East Lyme, CT's Tom Danielson, who rides with Garmin-Sharp, finished the prologue in 100th place with a time of 7 minutes and 44 seconds.
Top 10 results are below:
- Fabian Cancellara, RSH
- Bradley Wiggins, Sky, at 0.07
- Sylvain Chavanel, OPQS, s.t.
- Tejay Van Garderen, BMC, at 0.10
- Edvald Boasson Hagen, Sky, at 0.11
- Brett Lancaster, Orica GreenEdge, s.t.
- Patrick Gretsch, Argos Shimano, at 0.12
- Denis Menchov, Katusha, at 0.13
- Philippe Gilbert, BMC, s.t.
- Andriy Grivko, Astana, at 0.15