Fabian Cancellara won the 2012 Tour de France Prologue, taking the opening time trial and making it five career Tour Prologue victories for the Swiss time trial specialist. He finished a full seven seconds ahead of second place finisher Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky), a massive time gap for such a short course. World time trial champion Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) would have had a shot at defeating Cancellara, but in a bit of bad luck a flat tire cost him crucial seconds.
2011 Tour de France champion Cadel Evans (Team BMC) had a successful day, limiting his losses to seven seconds and finishing in 13th. Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas), Denis Menchov (Katusha) and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) all also had results they should be pleased with. Frank Schleck (Radioshack-Nissan) and Levi Leipheimer are both likely disappointed, finishing 38 and 28 seconds back, respectively.
Sunday brings us Stage 1, a flat run from Liège to Seraing that's likely to see the Tour's first bunch sprint finish.