Cancellara wins Tour opener in Monaco

Cycling : Tour de France 2009 / Stage 1

Last Saturday, OAKLEY Swiss tempo specialist, Fabian Cancellara, put all competitors behind him on today’s first stage of the Tour de France where Alberto Contador was dropped by 18 seconds on the 15.5 kilometres long course in the streets of Monaco.

“I was one of the favorites to win here before the race and I knew if I got things right it would be very difficult for my rivals to beat me,” Cancellara said. “That was special motivation. To be back in the yellow jersey again is a great achievement both for me and my team, I am proud of it.”

Fabian asked Oakley to customize a “Cance & Gabanna” Jupiter that he used on the podium in Monaco.

Oakley’s Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour winner, ended the day in 10th place, riding the 9.6-mile individual time trial in 20 minutes 12 seconds. He was 40 seconds behind Fabian Cancellara of the Saxo Bank team, who finished in 19:32 to crush the field by 18 seconds.

Oakley’s Briton Bradley Wiggins was third, 19 seconds off the pace.

Last year’s runner-up Cadel Evans (Oakley), gunning to become the first Australian to win the Tour, was in fifth place 23 seconds adrift with Oakley’s Andy Schleck in 18th, one minute behind Cancellara.

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Author

Tess Weaver; Photo: (c)TDWsport.com

Date

July 07, 2009