TOUR DE FRANCE Date: 4 July - 26 July Coverage: BBC Sport website: text commentary of each stage and streamed BBC commentary of the last 90 minutes of each stage available; commentary on selected stages on BBC 5 Live sports extra
Saxo Bank rider Cancellara is an Olympic time trial gold medallist
Fabian Cancellara powered to victory in the opening time trial of the Tour de France as seven-time champion Lance Armstrong made his return to the race.
Armstrong's time of 20 minutes and 12 seconds for the 15.5-km time trial around Monaco was 40 seconds behind the winner as he finished in 10th place.
Briton Bradley Wiggins was third, 19 seconds behind Cancellara and one slower than Spain's Alberto Contador.
Mark Cavendish was well off the pace, a good three minutes behind the winner.
Cavendish, who won three Giro d'Italia stages, was never expected to figure in the reckoning, but the Briton could feature on Sunday's 187km stage from Monaco to Brignoles, when there is possibility of a sprint finish.
The major story of Saturday's stage was Armstrong's return and the American produced a solid ride.
The Astana rider went out relatively early and held first place at one point, although he was soon displaced by Germany's Tony Martin before team-mate Levi Leipheimer took the lead.
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