Jose Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) rode into the leader's jersey of the 2008 Eneco Tour today by winning the opening prologue.
Defending 2007 Eneco Tour champion Gutierrez pipped second-placed Cyril Lemoine (Credit Agricole) at the end of the compact 4.4 kilometre prologue time trial in Geleen, Holland, by a fraction of a second.
Britain's Roger Hammond (Team Columbia) finished in 107th, with compatriot Jeremy Hunt (Credit Agricole) at 141st. Last year, Britain's David Millar came second overall and Mark Cavendish won the points competition - neither rider is in attendance this year.
The seven stage race based in Holland and Belgium continues tomorrow with a 174km route from Beek to Roermond, Holland. The final stage is on Wednesday August 27.
ENECO TOUR 2008: PROLOGUE RESULTS
1. Jose Gutierrez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 4.4km in 5-31.90
2. Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Credit Agricole at 0.08sec
3. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Columbia at 0.33sec
107. Roger Hammond (GB) Columbia at 32.08secs
141. Jeremy Hunt (GB) Credit Agricole at 42.02secs
Jose Gutierrez took the opening prologue and leader's jersey in the 2008 Eneco Tour
Cyril Lemoine came a very, very close second
Photos by Luc Claessen
Eneco Tour official website: www.enecotour.nl.
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