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Cavendish wins Romandie prologue

Mark Cavendish continued High Road's winning streak by claiming the kickoff to the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday. The Brit won the 1.9km prologue in 2:07:60 ahead of Daniele Bennati (Liquigas), who was given the same time. Michael Albasini (Liquigas) rounded out the podium at one second back.

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High Road's Mark Cavendish en route to winning the prologue at the 2008 Tour de Romandie.

High Road’s Mark Cavendish en route to winning the prologue at the 2008 Tour de Romandie.

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Mark Cavendish continued High Road’s winning streak by claiming the kickoff to the Tour de Romandie on Tuesday.

The Brit won the 1.9km prologue in 2:07:60 ahead of Daniele Bennati (Liquigas), who was given the same time. Michael Albasini (Liquigas) rounded out the podium at one second back.

“It was the perfect distance for me, if it had been longer it would have been more Bradley’s type of time trial.” said Cavendish, who averaged 56.425kph over the short route. “I went all out from the start, when it’s that short there wasn’t much point in doing anything else, with it being hardly two kilometers it’s just like a sprint. I was just hoping I could maintain that speed all the way through right to the end. The wind was very strong on the return part. Like a wall”

“That meant the last 500 meters were really tough, though,” he said. “I had gone in so deep that I thought I might crash.”

“We didn’t bother using references to other riders times during the prologue because it was such a short distance. It was just a question of going as fast as possible and seeing what happened.” added directeur sportif Tristan Hoffman.

“The course was perfect for Mark,” he added. “(It’s) urban, flat and not too technical, just a few minor corners so he could use all his power. The weather was ideal for the top guys as well – warm and dry.”

BMC’s Brent Bookwalter was the top American in 47th place at 0:05.

Results

Tour de Romandie

Prologue

1. Mark Cavendish (GB), High Road, 1.9km in 2:07:60

2. Daniele Bennati (I), Liquigas, at 0:00

3. Michael Albasini (Swi), Liquigas, at 0:01

4. Björn Schröder (G), Team Milram, at 0:01

5. Bradley Wiggins (GB), High Road, at 0:01

6. Roman Kreuziger (Cze), Liquigas, at 0:01

7. Nick Nuyens (B), Cofidis, at 0:02

8. Martin Elmiger (Swi), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:02

9. Thomas Dekker (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:02

10. Martin Kohler (Swi), BMC Racing Team, at 0:02

11. Oscar Pereiro Sio (Sp), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:03

12. Jean Eude Demaret (F), Cofidis, at 0:03

13. Laszlo Bodrogi (Hun), Crédit Agricole, at 0:03

14. Gustav Larsson (Swe), CSC, at 0:03

15. Fabio Sabatini (I), Team Milram, at 0:03

16. Hubert Schwab (Swi), Quick Step, at 0:03

17. Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra), Liquigas, at 0:03

18. Adam Hansen (Aus), High Road, at 0:03

19. Markus Fothen (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:03

20. Jussi Veikkanen (Fin), Française Des Jeux, at 0:03

21. Andreas Klöden (G), Astana, at 0:03

22. Michiel Elijzen (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:03

23. Matej Mugerli (Slo), Liquigas, at 0:03

24. Stef Clément (Ned), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:03

25. Frantisek Rabon (Cze), High Road, at 0:04

26. Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:04

27. Alexandr Pliuschin (Mol), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:04

28. Thomas Frei (Swi), Astana, at 0:04

29. Jérome Coppel (F), Française Des Jeux, at 0:04

30. Chaurreau Astarloza (Sp), Mikel Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:04

31. Steve Morabito (Swi), Astana, at 0:04

31. Dominique Cornu (B), Silence-Lotto, at 0:04

33. Rick Flens (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:04

34. Rubens Bertogliati (Swi), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:04

35. Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu), Crédit Agricole (at 0:04

36. Vladimir Gusev (Rus), Astana, at 0:04

37. Tony Martin (G), High Road, at 0:04

38. Jeffry Louder (Swi), BMC Racing Team, at 0:05

38. Robbie McEwen (Aus), Silence-Lotto, at 0:05

40. Dries Devenyns (B), Silence-Lotto, at 0:05

41. Haimar Zubeldia (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:05

42. Juan Manuel Garate (Sp), Quick Step, at 0:05

43. Matti Breschel (Den), CSC, at 0:05

44. Peter Velits (Cze), Team Milram, at 0:05

45. Fabio Baldato (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:05

46. Sandy Casar (F), Française Des Jeux, at 0:05

47. Brent Bookwalter (USA), BMC Racing Team, at 0:05

48. Christian Kux (G), Team Milram, at 0:05

49. Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus), CSC, at 0:05

50. Carlo Westphal (G)Gerolsteiner, at 0:05

50. Maryan Hary (F), Cofidis, at 0:05

52. Vincent Jérôme (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:06

53. Rein Taaramae (Est), Cofidis, at 0:06

54. Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz), Astana, at 0:06

55. Bram De Groot (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:06

56. Rubén Pérez Moreno (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:06

57. Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz), Astana, at 0:06

58. Jens Voigt (G), CSC, at 0:06

59. Francesco De Bonis (I), Gerolsteiner, at 0:06

60. Bauke Mollema (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:06

60. Luca Barla (I), Team Milram, at 0:06

62. Ian McKissick (USA), BMC Racing Team, at 0:06

63. Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Sp), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:06

64. Alexander Efimkin (Rus), Quick Step, at 0:06

65. Mathieu Claude (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:07

66. Lujambio José Luis Arrieta (Sp), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:07

67. Ugalde Juan José Oroz (Sp)Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:07

68. Eric Berthou (Hun), Crédit Agricole, at 0:07

69. Eros Capecchi (I), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:07

70. Markus Zberg Swi), Gerolsteiner (at 0:07

71. Laurent Mangel (F), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:07

72. José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Sp), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:07

73. Timothy Gudsell (NZ), Française Des Jeux, at 0:07

74. Flores Inaki Isasi (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:07

75. Marco Pinotti (I), High Road, at 0:07

76. Danilo Wyss (Swi), BMC Racing Team, at 0:07

77. Wouter Weylandt (B), Quick Step, at 0:07

78. Claudio Corioni (I), Liquigas, at 0:08

79. David Loosli (Swi), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:08

80. Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz), Astana, at 0:08

81. Matej Jurco (Cze), Team Milram, at 0:08

82. Mauro Santambrogio (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:08

83. Tom Leezer (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:08

84. Steve Bovay (Swi), BMC Racing Team, at 0:08

85. Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz)Crédit Agricole, at 0:08

86. Nicolas Crosbie (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:08

87. Rémy Di Gregorio (F), Française Des Jeux, at 0:08

88. Echaide Xabier (Sp), Zandio Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:08

89. Evgeny Sokolov (Rus), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:08

90. Christophe Kern (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:08

91. David Moncoutié (F), Cofidis, at 0:08

92. Rigoberto Uran (Col), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:08

93. Manuel Martinez Beltran (Sp), Liquigas, at 0:09

94. Addy Engels (Ned), Quick Step, at 0:09

95. Alexandre Botscharov (Rus)Crédit Agricole, at 0:09

96. David Lopez Garcia (Sp), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:09

97. Francis Mourey (F), Française Des Jeux, at 0:09

98. Sylwester Szmyd (Pol), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:09

99. Javier Vila Errandonea Patxi (Sp), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:09

100. Volodymir Gustov (Ukr), CSC, at 0:09

101. Julien El Fares (F), Cofidis, at 0:09

102. Ivan Santaromita (I), Liquigas, at 0:09

103. Denis Menchov (Rus), Rabobank, at 0:09

104. Giovanni Bernaudeau (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:09

105. Nick Gates (Aus), Silence-Lotto, at 0:09

106. Scott Davis (Aus), High Road, at 0:10

107. Sergio Ghisalberti (I), Team Milram, at 0:10

108. Mathieu Perget (F), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:10

109. Matteo Bono (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:10

110. Olivier Bonnaire (F), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:10

111. Manuele Mori (I), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:10

112. Josep Jufre Pou (Sp), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:10

113. José Angel Gomez Marchante (Sp), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:10

114. Jurgen Van Goolen (B), CSC, at 0:10

114. Rene Mandri (Est), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:10

116. Yannick Talabardon (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:10

117. Julien Mazet (F), Astana, at 0:10

118. Morris Possoni (I), High Road, at 0:10

119. Mathias Frank(Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:10

120. Steve Zampieri (Swi), Cofidis, at 0:10

121. Johann Tschopp(Swi), Bouygues Telecom, at 0:10

122. Nathan Miller (USA), BMC Racing Team, at 0:10

123. André Luciano Pagliarini (Bra), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:10

124. Daniele Righi (I), Lampre-Fondital, at 0:11

125. Leonardo Scarselli (I), Quick Step, at 0:11

126. Jérémy Roy (F), Française Des Jeux, at 0:11

127. Paolo Tiralongo (I), Lampre-Fonditalat 0:11

128. Heinrich Haussler (G), Gerolsteiner, at 0:11

129. Kasper Klostergaard (Den), CSC, at 0:11

130. Wim Vanhuffel (B), Silence-Lotto, at 0:11

131. Patrice Halgand (F), Crédit Agricole, at 0:11

132. Laurens Ten Dam (Ned), Rabobank, at 0:11

133. John Gadret (F), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:12

134. Ludovic Turpin (F), Ag2r-La Mondiale, at 0:12

135. Mickäel Cherel (F), Française Des Jeux, at 0:12

136. Bert Roesems (B), Silence-Lotto, at 0:12

137. Oliver Zaugg (Swi), Gerolsteiner, at 0:13

138. Amets Txurruka (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:13

139. Kevin Seeldrayers (B), Quick Step, at 0:13

140. Sebastian Schwager (G), Team Milram, at 0:13

141. Jorge Azanza Soto (Sp), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 0:13

142 Chris. Sörensen Anker (Den), CSC, at 0:13

143. Matteo Carrara (I), Quick Step, at 0:13

144. Alberto Fernandez Ramos (Sp), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:14

145. Bernhard Kohl (A), Gerolsteiner, at 0:14

146. Alexandre Moos (Swi), BMC Racing Team, at 0:14

147. Alguacil Losada Alberto (Sp), Caisse d:Epargne, at 0:14

148. Ruben Lobato Elvira (Sp), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 0:14

149. Mario Aerts (B), Silence-Lotto, at 0:16

150. Florent Brard (F), Cofidis, at 0:18