Cadel Evans, Tour de France 2011, stage 20

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

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Simon Richardson
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Editor of Cycling Weekly magazine, Simon has been working at the title since 2001. He fell in love with cycling 1989 when watching the Tour de France on Channel 4, started racing in 1995 and in 2000 he spent one season racing in Belgium. During his time at CW (and Cycle Sport magazine) he has written product reviews, fitness features, pro interviews, race coverage and news. He has covered the Tour de France more times than he can remember along with two Olympic Games and many other international and UK domestic races. He became the 130-year-old magazine's 13th editor in 2015.