Prologue Play By PlayTime: 15:10:01
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Good morning everyone. It's cold but sunny this AM in San Francisco. Race start in about one hour and fifteen minutes.
Play-by-play updates will come every 1-2 minutes. For you geeks out there, we're doing this via browser and satellite, from the starting line.
Jackson Stewart, first rider, is out of the gate and on his way.
Mike Sayers of Healthnet Maxxis is off.
Jackson Stewart at the first time check at 5:38
Ekimov is pounding along the waterfront now.
Ekimov hammers his way up to the finish.
Nathan ONeill just went down with 120 yards to go. He's back up and riding...
Wow. Nathan ONiell has the time to beat at 5:10, in spite of that fall.
apologies folks if you're seeing some delays. first day jitters...
O'Neill, Australian national champion, still has the time to beat...
Jason McCartney of Team Discovery is now on the course.
We should have some video clips up for everyone to see soon. Click 'enlarge tour tracker' to view them.
We have a new time to beat. Fabian Cancellara is in at 5:04.
Cancellara rides for team CSC.
McCartney is in with a second-best time of 5:03.6. Cancellara has 5.03.4 or so...
Jens Voigt is out on the course. The CSC rider looks very smooth.
Lot of different bikes out there today. Some pure time trial, some regular road, for that last climb up Lombard Street.
Voigt's in at 5:26.
Stuart O'Grady just hit the course. He flew by so fast I didn't recognize his jersey...
Halfway through the riders so far and Cancellara is still in first. But O'Grady is flying up the hill.
O'Grady is in at 5:09. Cancellara is proving really hard to beat.
Fred Rodriguez is getting set to go.
Rodriguez has moved into fourth at 5:07.87
Discovery's Vladmir Gusev is in at 5:04.32.
Phonak's Robert Hunter is on the course. Bobby Julich and Chris Horner are coming up to the start ramp.
Almost 100 riders gone and Cancellara is still the guy to beat.
Tour De France veteran Bobby Julich is on the course.
Paolo Salvodelli is on the course. The Discovery rider is on a standard road bike. Probably looking to capitalize on that climb up Telegraph Hill.
The top guns are coming in, and we have a new leader: Bobby Julich at 4:57.
Bobby says he's really happy to be racing in America in February, and he felt great. He came in at 4:58.
Floyd Landis is warming up.
Landis is out on the course. The real heavy hitters are out there now.
Just uploaded the first few photos of the day, folks. Click 'enlarge tour tracker' if you haven't already. We'll have a steadier flow of content tomorrow.
Floyd Landis just finished at 4:59. David Zabriske, who won the prologue at last year's Tour De France, is on the course.
George Hincapie is on the course. Remember him crushing everyone in a mountain stage in last year's Tour de France?
Zabriske is in at 5:09. Cadel Evans is on the course.
George Hincapie just throws his bike up the hill for a 2nd place time of 4:58.52. He's a whopping .4 seconds behind Julich's time.
Levi Leipheimer is on the course. He's a favorite in this race, and a local, from Santa Rosa.
Adjustment to Landis' time: 4:59.
New best time: Levi Leipheimer at 4:53.07.
David Zabriske: "I had a hard time keeping the leg speed up on the climb. I love it." He's a man of few words...
We should have a quote from Levi Leipheimer in a second. The last rider is in: Michael Rogers at 5:12.
Levi: "My teammates gave me great feedback before the start. I'm so happy and so proud to be racing here in California."
So, our unofficial podium today is Levi Leipheimer in 1st at 4:53.07, Bobby Julich in 2nd with a time of 4:58.01, and George Hincapie is 3rd with a time of 4:58.59.
We have an all USA sweep in the top 5 places, folks.
Governor Schwarzenegger just gave out the yellow jersey to Levi. Live play by play is now signing off. See you tomorrow in Santa Rosa.
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