Cancellara wins Luxembourg prologue
Leopard Trek's Fabian Cancellara showed his time trial class once again to win the prologue of the Tour of Luxembourg.
Cancellara, the second to last rider to take the start, set a blistering time of 3’42” over the 2.6 kilometres lap, averaging 42.1 km/h and passing the man in the hot seat, Damien Gaudin of Europcar, by five seconds.
Jimmy Engoulvent (Saur-Sojasun) was third, eight seconds behind Cancellara.
"It’s been a long time for me since my victory in E3-prijs Harelbeke. I feel very motivated now for all that is coming,” said Cancellara.
"I wanted to get a personal win and a win for the team, but I especially wanted to ride the perfect race after our loss a few weeks ago. This win is for Wouter (Weylandt).
“The problem with time trials is that when it’s over, you always think about what went wrong and where you lost some time.
"Even when I win, like today, I always find something that I could have done better. The short effort required during a prologue like this one does not correspond with what we do during a normal race. That’s why it’s so interesting.”
Stage one of four takes the riders from Luxembourg to Bascharage on Thursday.