Posted: Jun 30, 2012 8:49 PM by Andrew Masuda
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the opening-day prologue of the Tour de France to capture the leader's yellow jersey. Riders set off one-by-one on Saturday for the start of the 99th edition of the race - a 4-mile individual time trial in the Belgian city of Liege.
Cancellara collected his fifth Tour prologue victory by clocking 7 minutes, 13 seconds. He outpaced Britain's Bradley Wiggins - who was second - by 7 seconds. Sylvain Chavanel of France was third, also 7 seconds back. Defending Tour champion Cadel Evans finished farther back.
He will wear the yellow jersey on Sunday during the first stage that spans 123 miles.
23 year old Tejay Van Garderen lived up to his pre-race billing as one of American cycling's best young talents with a fourth place finish, just ten seconds behind Cancellara.
Van Garderen rode with San Luis Obispo-based Team Highroad last year. He joined BMC after Highroad dissolved.
Van Garderen received the white jersey, worn by the highest placed rider under the age of 25. It follows up the polka-dotted climber's jersey that Van Garderen wore for one stage last year in his first Tour de France.
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