Stage 1: Monaco

Fabian Cancellara proved yet again why he's perhaps the greatest time trialist in history, crushing the field to win Stage 1 in Monaco.

On his way to a 19-minute, 32-second finish, Cancellara passed reigning Giro d'Italia champion Denis Menchov, who finished more than a minute and half behind in 53rd place. Defending Tour champion Carlos Sastre, not known for his time trial abilities, came in 21st, 1:06 behind the Team Saxo Bank rider.

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Fabian Cancellara crosses the finish line to win Stage 1 in Monaco.
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Stage 1 Results

  1. Fabian Cancellara – Team Saxo Bank - 19:32
  2. Alberto Contador – Astana +00:18
  3. Bradley Wiggins – Garmin-Slipstream +00:19
  4. Andr?as Kl?den – Astana +00:22
  5. Cadel Evans – Silence-Lotto +00:23
  6. Levi Leipheimer – Astana +00:30
  7. Roman Kreuziger – Liquigas +00:32
  8. Tony Martin – Team Columbia-HTC +00:33
  9. Vincenzo Nibali – Liquigas +00:37
  10. Lance Armstrong – Astana +00:40
  11. Gustav Larsson – Team Saxo Bank +00:41
  12. Mikel Astarloza – Euskaltel-Euskadi +00:44
  13. David Zabriskie – Garmin-Slipstream +00:47
  14. David Millar – Garmin-Slipstream +00:48
  15. J?r?me Coppel – Francaise Des Jeux +00:51

Other American Results

  17. Christian Vande Velde – Garmin-Slipstream +00:57
  34. George Hincapie – Team Columbia-HTC +01:17
  37. Danny Pate – Garmin-Slipstream +01:20
  77. Tyler Farrar – Garmin-Slipstream +01:42

Team Standings

  1. Astana – 59:46
  2. Team Saxo Bank +00:31
  3. Garmin-Slipstream +00:44
  4. Liquigas +01:25
  5. Team Columbia-HTC +01:46

Sprinter's Jersey

  1. Fabian Cancellara – SAX – 15 points
  2. Alberto Contador – AST – 12 points
  3. Bradley Wiggins – GRM – 10 points

King of the Mountains Jersey

  1. Alberto Contador – AST – 3 points
  2. Tony Martin – THR – 2 points
  3. Bradley Wiggins – GRM – 1 point

Best Young Rider

  1. Roman Kreuziger – LIQ – 20:04
  2. Tony Martin – THR +00:01
  3. Vincenzo Nibali – LIQ +00:05

Click here for complete Stage 1 standings.

15K (9.3 miles) Time Trial

• Location: Southeast corner of France, in the Principality of Monaco, bordering the Mediterranean Sea

• 5-time Tour de France stage host

• The starting line is the same as that of the Formula 1 Grand Prix

• Mountain Passes: Côte de Beausoleil located at 7.5 kilometers - 7.2 km climb at 2.7 percent grade - Category 4

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