The Tour de France rolled today with the 9K prologue. Not surprisingly, Fabian Cancellara dominated. Somewhat surprisingly, Lance Armstrong was 4th at :22 and bested 6th place Contador by 5 seconds. Not huge time, but it puts the pressure on Alberto. The Schlecks, Basso, Wiggins, Leipheimer and Evans all have a little time to make up, not much, but it's hard to see where they can put time on Armstrong and Contador. That will likely have to wait for the mountains unless someone is carelessly caught out on the flats or falters on the cobbles over the next few days.
More from Floyd in the Wall Street Journal. You'll have to find the article yourself if you're interested, because I want it to go away.
You know the sponsors and teams are all holding their breath, but in the meantime, the race is on and Lance's image is everywhere. Bicycling.com has devoted space to the "Daily Lance", your direct path to Lance news-of-the-day:
Tour de France 2010: Lance Armstrong
Armstrong Bests Contador
DAILY LANCE: The first race-inside-the-race goes to Lance Armstrong.