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Live updates – Tour de France Prologue – July 6

7:18 p.m.Lance Armstrong wins the prologue. 1. Lance Armstrong (USA) U.S. Postal, 7.3km in 9:08.782. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC, 9:103. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit) Lampre, 9:11. 7:17 p.m. Whoa... Armstrong flies in, finishing in 9:08.78. He wins the prologue of the 2002 Tour de France and is back in yellow. This is his 12th stage win at the Tour. 7:16 p.m. Zabel finishes with 9:33 for 40th. 7:15 p.m. Beloki has finished with a 9:21. 7:14 p.m. Oscar Sevilla finishes in 66th with a 9:41. 7:13 p.m. David Millar, winner of the prologue in 2000, finishes in 9:13.48, good for fourth. 7:12 p.m.

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7:18 p.m.Lance Armstrong wins the prologue.

1. Lance Armstrong (USA) U.S. Postal, 7.3km in 9:08.78
2. Laurent Jalabert (F), CSC, 9:10
3. Raimondas Rumsas (Lit) Lampre, 9:11.

7:17 p.m. Whoa…

Armstrong flies in, finishing in 9:08.78. He wins the prologue of the 2002 Tour de France and is back in yellow.

This is his 12th stage win at the Tour.

7:16 p.m. Zabel finishes with 9:33 for 40th.

7:15 p.m. Beloki has finished with a 9:21.

7:14 p.m. Oscar Sevilla finishes in 66th with a 9:41.

7:13 p.m. David Millar, winner of the prologue in 2000, finishes in 9:13.48, good for fourth.

7:12 p.m. Laurent Jalabert just took over the lead, finishing with a 9:10.52.

Score one for the old guy!

7:09 p.m. Sergei Gontchar, one-time world TT champion, finishes in 9:23, good for 11th.

Virenque finishes in 9:26.

Armstrong, meanwhile, is flying.

7:07 p.m. Levi Leipheimer finishes in 9:24, good enough for 13th.

Lance Armstrong is out of the starting gate.

7:03 p.m. Rik Verbrugghe (Lotto) the man who holds the record for the fastest prologue in history, won’t be the winner today. Verbrugghe finishes with a 9:27, which puts him 17th right now.

7:02 p.m. Raimondas Rumsas (Lampre) is the new leader, finishing with a 9:11.97.

7:00 p.m. Dario Frigo has finished with a 9:16, good enough for third.

Richard Virenque (Domo) is on course.

6:57 p.m. Laurent Brochard (Jean Delatour) has just finished with a 9:14.74, good enough for second.

Rabobank’s Levi Leipheimer is on course.

6:53 p.m. Whoa… Kelme-Costa Blanca’s Santiago Botero has blown open the prologue, finishing with a time of 9:12, nine seconds better than Bodrogi.

6:51 p.m. Hamilton finishes with a 9:24.74, which puts him into sixth place for now.

6:47 p.m. U.S. Postal’s Roberto Heras is racing.

Tyler Hamilton has gone through the intermediate time check 13 seconds behind the best time, which puts him in 52nd place.

Kivilev is slightly slower. It looks like these guys are playing it safe on this twisty course.

6:43 p.m. Andrei Kivivlev (Cofidis) is now on course.

6:42 p.m. Tyer Hamilton is racing.

John Wilcockson at the finish reports the weather is still holding up nicely.

6:25 p.m. Mapei’s Lazlo Bodrogi has bested McGee’s time by two-tenths of a second.

The leader board, as of Bodrogi’s finish.1. Bodrogi (H), Mapei, 7.3km in 9:21
2. McGee (Aus), FDJeux.com – s.t.
3. Cuesta (Sp), Cofidis 9:23 at 0:02
4. Peron (I), CSC, at 0:03
5. Bertogliate (Swi), Lampre, at 0:04
6. Aerts (B),  Lotto at 0:04
 6:15 p.m. Floyd Landis (U.S. Postal) has finished with the 17th best time of the day at 9:33.

6:14 p.m. Kevin Livingston (Telekom) has finished in 9:47.

6:09 p.m. U.S. Postal’s Floyd Landis is on course. He has passed the intermediate time check 11 seconds slower than McGee.

6:03 p.m. FDJeux.com’s Brad McGee — the man who set the best time at the intermediate time check — has set the day’s new best time at 9:21, two seconds better than Cuesta.

5:53 p.m. Ekimov finishes in 9:27… the day’s fourth best time.

5:52 p.m.Inigo Cuesta (Cofidis) has set the new best time at 9:23, one second better than Peron.

5:44 p.m. The peloton’s fastest retiree, Viatcheslav Ekimov is on course. Of course, Eki’s try at retirement didn’t last too long. He came back to the Postal team after just a few months off the bike.

5:36 p.m. CSC’s Andrea Peron is the new leader, with 9:34, five seconds better than George Hincapie.

Fred Rodriguez is on course.

5:32 p.m. Fishing fans will be disappointed that OLN’s Tour coverage has begun. The rest of you, however, are probably sitting spellbound in front of your televisions.

5:30 p.m. Hincapie remains the top finisher thus far. 5:13 p.m. Credit Agricole’s Jonathan Vaughters has finished with a 9:53. Vaughters said last night that he really just wanted finish safely and get over his Tour de France jinx.

Vaughters has been named to Tour teams ever since 1998. That year, he missed even starting because of a serious cut he suffered in the week before the Tour. The following year, he crashed out on the second stage, crossing the rough and slippery Passage du Gois, a road that opens to traffic only at low tide; in 2000 he crashed out on the 10th stage, the first day in the mountains and, of course, last year, he made it through the mountains, but was then forced to pull out when, of all things, he suffered a wasp sting and suffered a reaction.

He’ll be in Paris this year, though. We’re sure of that. (Knock on wood.)

5:05 p.m. By the way, one of the most frequent questions to come across our desks this time of year is about television coverage.

Most folks would like to see some of the Tour on television. Of course, you’re golden if you have OLN, but there is also some limited coverage planned for CBS.

Here is the U.S. television schedule for Tour coverage over the course of the next three weeks:Saturday, July 6
11:30am-1:30pm ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSunday, July 7
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageMonday, July 8
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageTuesday, July 9
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageWednesday, July 10
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageThursday, July 11
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageFriday, July 12
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSaturday, July 13
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSunday, July 14
Live audio race coverage available on olntv.com – 9:30am-11:30amCBS Coverage – 5:00pm – 6:00pm ETOLN Coverage – 9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Coverage, commentary & analysisof day’s stageMonday, July 15
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageTuesday, July 16 – Rest Day
9:30am-11:30am ET – Re-air of previous day’s stage
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of previous day’s stage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Highlights of Stages 1-9Wednesday, July 17
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageThursday, July 18
8:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageFriday, July 19
8:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSaturday, July 20
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSunday, July 21
Live audio race coverage available on olntv.com – 9:30am-11:30amCBS Coverage – 2:00pm – 4:00pm ETOLN Coverage – 9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Coverage, commentary & analysisof day’s stageMonday, July 22 – Rest Day
9:30am-11:30am ET – Re-air of previous day’s stage
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of previous day’s stage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Highlights of Stages 10-14Tuesday, July 23
9:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageWednesday, July 24
7:30am-11:30am ET – Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageThursday, July 25
8:30am-11:30am ET -Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageFriday, July 26
9:30am-11:30am ET -Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSaturday, July 27
9:30am-11:30am ET -Live!
3:00pm-5:00pm ET – Re-air of live coverage
9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Commentary & analysis of day’s stageSunday, July 28
Live audio race coverage available on olntv.com – 9:30am-11:30amCBS Coverage — 2:00pm – 3:00pm ETOLN Coverage – 9:00pm-11:00pm ET/PT – Coverage, commentary & analysisof day’s stage
 

5:01 p.m. U.S. Postal’s George Hincapie has turned in the day’s fastest time so far. His 9:29 is two seconds faster than the previous best from CSC’s Carlos Sastre.

8:41 p.m. American Bobby Julich (Telekom) left the start house a minute ago and he was followed by George Hincapie (U.S. Postal) who has just started.

Right now, the fastest time of the day is that turned in by Alvaro Gonzalez de Galdeano (ONCE) who covered the 7.3km course in 9:49.

4:30 p.m. Reporting from the finish line, VeloNews Editorial Director John Wilcockson says that the weather situation is still “a bit sketchy.”

Wilcockson says that there is still a distinct possibility that some riders later in the day may be facing rain and wet streets.

Americans Bobby Julich and George Hincapie are slated to start in 10 and 11 minutes.

4:27 p.m. Rabobank’s Marc Wauters has set the best time thus far, becoming the first rider to break the 10-minute mark with a 9:59.

4:12 p.m. Today’s first rider, Stephane Auge, finished with a time of 10:28.

4:02 p.m. And they’re off!The 2002 Tour is underway. Stephane Auge is on course, as are Allesio’s Andrea Brognara and Stephane Berges.

We’ll try to keep you updated throughout the stage with weather reports, changes in the leader board and, when the top Tour contenders are on course, time splits.

3:20 p.m. So far, so good. Weather reports from Luxembourg today suggest that the feared rain may not materialize during today’s prologue. There has been some rain today, but it looks as though it is beginning to clear. It’s a cool 61 degrees (F) at the start under mostly cloudy skies. There is a steady light wind from the Southwest at 3 mph. Humidity is 88 percent, but again, no rain.

This will still be a tough course, as you can see from today’sstage details, but at least it looks like it won’t be complicated bywet cobbles.

3:10 p.m. Good morning to our American readers and welcome to our live coverage of the 2002 Tour de France. Today is something of a later start, the proglogue begins at 4:00 p.m. in Luxembourg (that’s 10:00 a.m. on the east coast of the United States).

So riders will be starting in about 50 minutes, with the day’s first Stephane Auge rolling of the ramp to take on a tough and twisting 7.3km prologue course.

After that, the remaining 188 riders will be leaving at one-minute intervals.

We spoke with Jonathan Vaughters last night and he said he was a bit worried about the course and expected that he would want to take it carefully today. “I want to finish this thing. I would hate to be a prologue specialist a feel pressure to do really well on this course.”

By the way, Vaughters — along with CSC’s Tyler Hamilton — will be a regular Tour diary contributor throughout the race. He said he will send in his first this evening after the stage. We look forward to reading his diary entries all the way to Paris.

Here are the start times for today’s stage:

Between 4:00 p.m. and 4:29 p.m.
Stephane Auge
Andrea Brognara
Stephane Berges
Paolo Bossoni
Igor Flores
Luciano Pagliarini
Aart Vierhouten
Vicente Garcia Acosta
Gerhard Trampusch
Damien Nazon
Marc Wauters
Jacky Durand
Oscar Pozzi
Enrico Cassani
Thor Hushovd
Michael Sandstod
Nico Mattan
Jose Angel Vidal
Alva Gonzalez de Galdeano
Rolf Aldag
Benoit Joachim
Eddy Seigneur
Stefano Casagranda
Christophe Agnolutto
Massimo Donati
Gorka Gonzalez
Marco Pinotti
Serge Baguet
Javier Pascual Rodriguez
Fabien De WaeleBetween 4:30 p.m. and 4:59 p.m.
Sylvain Chavanel
Addy Engels
Frederic Guesdon
Nicola Loda
Dave Bruylandts
Sebastien Hinault
Carlos Sastre
Daniel Atienza
Constantino Zabala
Abraham Olano
Bobby Julich
George Hincapie
Jerome Bernard
Davide Casarotto
Andy Flickinger
Massimo Apollonio
Gorka Arrizabalaga
Alessandro Cortinovis
Hans De Clercq
Unai Osa
Pedro Horrillo
Jerome Pineau
Bram De Groot
Jimmy Casper
Marco Velo
Leon van Bon
Jonathan Vaughters
Arvis Piziks
Bingen Fernandez
Jose Enrique GutierrezBetween 5:00 p.m. and 5:29 p.m.
Marcos Serrano
Gian Matteo Fagnini
Victor Hugo Pena
Cyril Dessel
Martin Hvastija
Alexandre Botcharov
Mauro Radaelli
David Etxebarria
Marco Serpellini
Thierry Marichal
Dariusz Baranowski
Robert Hunter
Franck Bouyer
Grischa Niermann
Christophe Mengin
Fabio Baldato
Tomas Konecny
Frederic Bessy
Andrea Peron
Massimiliano Lelli
Jose Javier Gomez
Mikel Pradera
Giuseppe Guerini
Pavel Padrnos
Stephane Goubert
Cristian Moreni
Christophe Oriol
Eddy Mazzoleni
Iban Mayo
Rubens BertogliatiBetween 5:30 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.
Guennadi Mikhailov
Marzio Bruseghin
Miguel Martinez
Walter Beneteau
Karsten Kroon
Jean-Cyril Robin
Serguei Ivanov
Fred Rodriguez
Jens Voigt
Jakob Piil
Inigo Cuesta
Santiago Perez
Jose Azevedo
Danilo Hondo
Viatcheslav Ekimov
Christophe Edaleine
Alexandr Shefer
Thierry Loder
Peter Luttenberger
Unai Etxebarria
Raivis Belohvosciks
Mario Aerts
David Latasa
Andrea Tafi
Emmanuel Magnien
Beat Zberg
Bradley McGee
Volodomir Gustov
Servais Knaven
Anthony LangellaBetween 6:00 p.m. and 6:29 p.m.
Paul Van Hyfte
Cedric Vasseur
Francisco Cabello
Jorg Jaksche
Kevin Livingston
Floyd Landis
Laurent Lefevre
Ruslan Ivanov
Inigo Chaurreau
Andrej Hauptman
Roberto Laiseka
Ludo Dierckxsens
Christophe Brandt
Santiago Blanco
Laszlo Bodrogi
Frank Renier
Erik Dekker
Sandy Casar
Wladimir Belli
Axel Merckx
Stuart O’Grady
Nicki Sorensen
David Moncoutie
Antonio Tauler
Isidro Nozal
Steffen Wesemann
Jose Luis Rubiera
Patrice Halgand
Laurent Dufaux
Ludovic TurpinBetween 6:30 p.m. and 6:57 p.m.
Gianluca Bortolami
Samuel Sanchez
Jan Svorada
Robbie McEwen
Francisco Mancebo
Tom Steels
Francois Simon
Michael Boogerd
Nicolas Vogondy
Ivan Basso
Poitr Wadecki
Anthony Morin
Tyler Hamilton
Andrei Kivilev
Santiago Botero
Igor Gonzalez de Galdeano
Udo Bolts
Roberto Heras
Laurent Brochard
Ivan Gotti
Jaan Kirsipuu
Dario Frigo
Haimar Zubeldia
Raimondas Rumsas
Rik Verbrugghe
Denis Menchov
Oscar Freire
Didier Rous6:58 p.m. – Levi Leipheimer
6:59 p.m. – Baden Cooke
7:00 p.m. – Serhiy Honchar
7:01 p.m. – Richard Virenque
7:02 p.m. – Christophe Moreau
7:03 p.m. – Laurent Jalabert
7:04 p.m. – David Millar
7:05 p.m. – Oscar Sevilla
7:06 p.m. – Joseba Beloki
7:07 p.m. – Erik Zabel
7:08 p.m. – Lance Armstrong