2012 Criterium du Dauphine Photos - Prologue

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Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) is first in the start house. French legend Bernard Thevenet, rear, is assisting.
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Lieuwe Westra is set to go.
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Westra descends the start ramp and the 2012 Criterium du Dauphine is underway with a prologue in Grenoble.
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Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas) is using the Dauphine to prepare for his season goal, the Tour de France.
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Andy Schleck (RadioShack-Nissan)
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Schleck hopes to improve his time trialing; the Tour de France has loads of TT kilometers this year.
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World Time Trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep)
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Martin sets off
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling) is Norway's time trial champion.
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Boasson Hagen
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Bert Grabsch (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) is Germany's time trial champion and a former World Champion.
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Grabsch descends the start ramp.
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Cadel Evans (BMC Racing) finished second overall at the 2011 Dauphine on his way to winning the Tour de France for the first time.  Evans hopes to successfully defend his Tour title next month.
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Cadel Evans
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Evans is on his way
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Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) is Australia's national time trial champion and the Under-23 World TT Champion
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Luke Durbridge
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Bradley Wiggins (Sky Procycling), winner of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine, awaits his start in the prologue
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Brad Wiggins in the start house
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Wiggo is all concentration.  He would like to repeat his success here last year
but his ultimate goal is victory in the Tour de France.
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Edvald Boasson Hagen finished 11th, 7 seconds off the winning time.
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Cadel Evans was 9th at 6 seconds
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Richie Porte (Team Sky) finished 13th
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Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) rode to 51st place
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Alexander Vinokourov (Astana) was 61st
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Andy Schleck was 102nd out of 175 riders.
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Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
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Bradley Wiggins finished second, just 1 second off the winning time.
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Wiggins is well positioned in the overall but his team won't have to worry about defending the leader jersey just yet.
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Brad Wiggins
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Luke Durbridge on his way to winning the Dauphine prologue time trial in a time of 6:38
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Durbridge raises a fist on the podium
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Luke Durbridge
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Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) in the yellow jersey of Criterium du Dauphine race leader
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Not surprisingly, Durbridge is also leader in the Best Young Rider classification.
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