Final top 10:
1. Luke Durbridge, 6.38
2. Wiggins, at 0.01
3. Grivko, at 0.03
4. Barredo, st
5. Martin, at 0.05
6. Gerrans, st
7. Martens, st
8. Chavanel, at 0.06
9. Evans, st
10. Amador, at 0.07
Bradley Wiggins has completed the 5.7km course in 6.39, only second slower than Luke Durbridge. The Briton is second of the prologue.
As expected, Vincenzo Nibali scored a better time than Andy Schleck: 6.48, compared to 7.07 for the Luxembourger.
Bradley Wiggins is about to start!
As Rein Taaramae scored the provisional 42nd best time, it’s now sure that Luke Durbridge will at least wear the white jersey of best young rider but he’s also hopeful to keeping the best time and ride stage 1 with the yellow jersey tomorrow.
Provisional top 5 with 10 riders yet to finish:
1. Luke Durbridge, 6.38
2. Grivko, at 0.03
3. Barredo, st
4. Martin, at 0.05
5. Gerrans, st
David Millar won’t make the top ten as he clocked 6.48.
David Millar, Samuel Sanchez, Vincenzo Nibali and Andy Schleck are in action now. Bradley Wiggins has completed his warm-up.
The top ten had not changed for more than an hour but Sylvain Chavanel just came in, as his time of 6.44 positions him on 7th place as per now.
Another Australian who could have beaten Durbridge’s time was Richie Porte but the Sky rider clocked the 11th best time so far with 6.46.
As he crossed the line in 6.55, Thomas Voeckler positioned himself in 39th place provisionally.
It doesn’t rain anymore in Grenoble and the roads look pretty dry by now. It looks good for the favourites who will start soon. Bradley Wiggins will be the last rider on the road. It is not compulsory for the defending champion to start last. His team could have chosen another position for him on the start list but they have respected the logic of the race.
Vuelta runner up Chris Froome of Team Sky is one of the very few riders - Dutch hope Wilco Kelderman is another one - who have clocked in less than seven minutes since it rained on the course. "I’m doing much better than at the beginning of the season", the Kenya-born Englishman told letour.fr after his time trial. "Fortunately I have recovered from all the crashing. I’m hoping to do a good job for the team. Bradley Wiggins has a fantastic track record. He has won almost every race he did this year, so it would be stupid from the team not to back him for winning the Dauphiné again. We’re here for that. We’re confident."
Garmin-Barracuda’s Dan Martin is gearing up for his first Tour de France. After completing the course of the prologue, he told letour.fr: "I’m unlucky! It seems like every time trial I do, I’m among the ones getting wet. It’s drying up all the time now though. It’s not exactly slippery in the last corner, it’s 50-50 but on the paint for pedestrian crossing, you never know if it’s wet or not. I don’t know how good my form is. I haven’t raced for five weeks, but I’m hopeful to get into form for the Tour de France."
Six riders are starting the Dauphiné after taking part in the Giro d’Italia that finished one week ago in Milan with the overall victory of former mountain biker Ryder Hesjedal from Garmin-Barracuda. Five of them completed the Italian Grand Tour: Alberto Losada and Daniel Moreno (Katusha), Daniele Pietropolli (Lampre-ISD), Sébastien Rosseler (Garmin-Barracuda) and Andrey Amador (Movistar) who won stage 14 to Cervinia in the Valle d’Aosta, pretty close to the French-Italian Alpine border. Juan José Haedo (Saxo Bank) is fresher at the start of the Dauphiné as he didn’t finish the Giro. He has targeted stage 3 to La Clayette on Wednesday for another victory like two years ago at Bourg-St-Andéol.
It’s slightly raining now in Grenoble and the roads are a bit wet. That explains why no recent time has been recorded under seven minutes. Teams also chose to get their best riders starting either at the beginning or at the end of the race. Thomas Voeckler will be the first team leader to initiate the battle of the favourites at 14.07.
One of today’s nice surprises is Simon Gerrans’ fifth position so far, behind his fellow compatriot Luke Durbridge, Andriy Grivko, Carlos Barredo and Tony Martin. "Damned, I never had the fastest time! That would have been a first time in my career", he joked as he was asked to react to his performance by letour.fr. More seriously, the winner of Milan-San Remo commented: "The course is pretty straight forward. It’s not really technical. The corners are all quite simple. This was my first race since Liège-Bastogne-Liège, so it was difficult for me to know how I was, but I have been training well and I’m happy with this performance in something that is not exactly my speciality."
In accordance to the weather forecast, it’s now raining in Grenoble. Only the first 170 starters have ridden on dry roads. It might get slippery pretty soon.
Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert is also more efficient on longer distances than 5.7km. He has ridden in 6.52, which is the 22nd best time so far.
Jean-Christophe Péraud has clocked 7.04, which is only the 37th best time so far. In today’s newspaper Le Dauphiné, outlined his personal affection for this race. “I want to shine here”, the Frenchman said. “I particularly like the Dauphiné because I’m a climber and a decent time triallist. Among the one-week races of the World Tour, this is my favourite event.” The Ag2r-La Mondiale rider will represent France at the Olympics for mountain-biking just after riding the Tour de France for the second time. He got the silver medal in Beijing four years ago.
World champion for time trial Tony Martin wasn’t disappointed about losing the prologue. "I didn’t make any specific preparation for this prologue", the German told letour.fr. "I took a rest after the Tour of Belgium. If I stay in the top ten today, it’s fine, but in any case, I’m not prepared for such a short distance right now. I’m more focused on Thursday’s long time trial."
One year after winning the long time trial of the Dauphiné in Grenoble, Tony Martin won’t be a winner today. He has scored the fourth best time so far in 6.43.
Jérôme Coppel has crossed the line with the 11th best time so far: 6.49.
Former triple world champion Michael Rogers has ridden ten seconds slower than his compatriot Luke Durbridge who remains in the lead.
Former Dauphiné winner Alexandre Vinokourov has scored the 17th best time so far in 6.57.
The average speed of Luke Durbridge is 51.557km/h.
Provisional top 5 after 40 starters:
1. Luke Durbridge, 6.38
2. Grivko, at 0.03
3. Barredo, st
4. Gerrans, at 0.05
5. Evans, at 0.06
Jérôme Coppel is a local star on the roads of the Dauphiné. Prior to the start, he told letour.fr: "I feel good but I yet have to see how I have recovered from the Bayern Runsfahrt. The overall classification of the Dauphiné isn’t going to be decided today but it’s a good way to get into the race. I’m confident that I’ll have better feelings this year than last year."
Luke Durbridge gave his first reaction to letour.fr: "It was a really funny prologue. I came very nervous but I rode at a high cadence compared to what I normally do and I finished pretty strong. I’m happy with this best time so far but there are big hitters to come!"
Edvald Boasson Hagen has had a good ride in 6.45. The Norwegian champion for time trial told letour.fr: "I tried to do a good prologue, as always, but I did it with no stress because I’m here at the Dauphiné only to ride for Bradley (Wiggins)."
Australian champion for time trial Luke Durbridge has set a new best time: 6.38!
Evans has scored 6.44. He’s fourth best time now.
New best time: Andriy Grivko, in 6.41, like Barredo.
A highly awaited young rider is U23 world champion for time trial Luke Durbridge of Orica-GreenEdge.
Maxime Bouet has scored the 11th fastest time so far. After 15 starters, the top 3 is: 1. Barredo, 2. Gerrans, at 0.02, 3. Westra, at 0.04.
Cadel Evans has also chosen to start early. The winner of the 2011 Tour de France looked pretty relaxed before the prologue of the Dauphiné, talking mostly about his joy to being a father for the first time this year.
Maxime Bouet (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is on his way. He told Le Dauphiné newspaper: “I hope to perform just as well as at Paris-Nice [14th]. I know that I can do well. The length of the time trial [53.5km] on Thursday isn’t in my favour but I’ll have to not lose morale and focus on the stages before and after.”
Former world champion for ITT Bert Grabsch rode in 6.58. It’s 17 seconds slower than Barredo.
Milan-San Remo winner Simon Gerrans has also ridden faster than Westra: 6.43 is the second best time.
Surprisingly, Carlos Barredo has scored a better time than Westra: 6.41!
Lieuwe Westra has set a first best time of 6.50 at the average speed of 50.55km/h.
First starter Lieuwe Westra is on his way. Like many leaders in different teams, the Dutchman from Vacansoleil-DCM has chosen to ride early in order to avoid possible showers.
The course of the prologue is absolutely dead flat, with five curves including two U-turns. It’s 5.7km long.
Welcome to the live coverage of the 64th Critérium du Dauphiné. The prologue is about to take place in Grenoble, the first starter being Lieuwe Westra from Vacansoleil-DCM at 11.40.