Tour de France prologue start times

Cadel Evans will start his Tour defence at 17:17hrs (local time) on Saturday June 30 as last man off in the 6.4km prologue around the streets of Liege.

The Australian is one of the favourites for this year’s Tour de France along with Britain’s Bradley Wiggins who goes eleventh from last, and Italy’s Vincenzo Nibali who goes sixth from last.

Fabian Cancellara goes one place ahead of Evans and will be one of the favourites to take the first yellow jersey of this year’s race. The seven-time Swiss time trial champion won the prologue here in 2004.

Rain is expected in Liege on Saturday and small sections of the course is run over city-centre style cobble sections. All riders are seperated by one minute intervals.

Selected Tour de France prologue start times
(all times are local, minus one hour for UK time)
1. Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano 14:00 hrs
2. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 14:01 hrs

3. Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Sky 14:11 hrs

44. Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC 14:43 hrs

60. David Millar (GBr) Garmin-Sharp 14:59 hrs

68. Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 15:07 hrs

78. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky 15:17 hrs

100. Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky 15:39 hrs
104. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 15:43 hrs

132. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC 16:11 hrs

149. Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 16:28 hrs

157. Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega-Pharma QuickStep 16:36 hrs

166. Chris Froome (GBr) Sky 16:45 hrs

171. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas 16:50 hrs

175. Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan 16:54 hrs

179. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega-Pharma QuickStep 16:58 hrs
180. Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 16:59 hrs

182. Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar 17:01 hrs
183. Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 17:02 hrs

185. Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha 17:04 hrs

187. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 17:06 hrs
188. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky 17:07 hrs
189. Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur-Sojasun 17:08 hrs
190. Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis 17:09 hrs
191. Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale 17:10 hrs
192. Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Sharp 17:11 hrs
193. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 17:12 hrs
194. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre ISD 17:13 hrs
195. Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 17:14 hrs
196. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar 17:15 hrs
197. Fabian Cancellara (Sui) RadioShack-Nissan 17:16 hrs
198. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC 17:17 hrs

Related links
Cycling Weekly’s 2012 Tour de France coverage index