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Tour de France Stage 1: Post-Stage Thread

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Tour-post-stage-sm_mediumAnother Grand Depart. And the ten trillion comments speak well of the enthusiasm around here. Not much to say about the race itself, being a short time trial and all. It was a bit technical, which affected a few guys pretty severely, but the rain held off, and in the end the leaderboard looks a lot like what you'd expect of a time trial:

  1. Fabian Cancellara, Saxo Bank
  2. Alberto Contador, Astana, at 0.18
  3. Brad Wiggins, Garmin, at 0.19
  4. Andreas Kloden, Astana, at 0.22
  5. Cadel Evans, Silence-Lotto, at 0.23
  6. Levi Leipheimer, Astana, at 0.30
  7. Roman Kreuziger, Liquigas, at 0.32
  8. Tony Martin, Columbia, at 0.33
  9. Vincenzo Nibali, Liquigas, at 0.37
  10. Lance Armstrong, Astana, at 0.40

Obviously that's your GC as well. Chat away!

[updated] Good catch in the comments: the two biggest losers today were Kim Kirchen (1.57 down) and Denis Menchov (@ 1.31). Neither of them should have had trouble with this course, so it begs a little sleuthing as to why they were so bad. Menchov's press people are saying he just had a bad day, after a month of no racing, which sounds plausible. As for Kirchen, I am not seeing anything yet. This is a pretty abnormal result, though he's had a pretty abnormal year.