Cancellara denies Wiggins flying start
Bradley Wiggins made a strong start to the 2012 Tour de France but missed out on the first yellow jersey to Fabian Cancellara.
Pre-race favourite Wiggins was expected to dominate the shorter stages of this year's competition and set the bar high when he came out of the gate 11th for Saturday's prologue in Liege.
After a poor first half to the 6.4 kilometre course, where he was six seconds off the fastest time, the British rider produced a superb second phase to set a time of seven minutes 20 seconds, 0.46 seconds ahead of the next fastest rider.
Despite a blistering time, it wasn't enough to snare the yellow jersey in the first time trial of the tour, Cancellara producing an excellent ride to win the stage by an incredible seven seconds.
Wiggins' compatriots enjoyed a mixed day on Saturday, with Chris Froome, Stephen Cummings, David Millar and Mark Cavendish finishing 11th, 14th, 15th and 42nd respectively.
The result from day one sees Wiggins take a 10 second lead over 2011 champion and main rival Cadel Evans into the second stage on Sunday which takes the riders 198km from Liege to Seraing.