La Vuelta ciclista a España

Stage 1) Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja

ES Spain, Saturday 24 August 2019
13.4 km

Vuelta a España begins with nervous team time trial

Vuelta a España begins with nervous team time trial

On the day Rome was sacked by the Visigoths 1609 years ago, Alicante – the region which until then had been part of the Hispania Tarraconensis, one of the Roman Empire’s most important provinces – hosted the start of the Vuelta a España. For the 14th time this century, the season’s final Grand Tour kicked off with a team time trial, whose opening section was set against the spectacular backdrop of the Torrevieja Salt Marshes, dating back to the 13th century.

The penultimate squad to roll down the ramp, Deceuninck – Quick-Step went through the Avenida del Agua checkpoint eight seconds in arrears, but upped the pace in the second part of the 13.4k m stage, avoiding the slippery roads that had previously caused several crashes, as well as another team’s car badly parked in a corner with 1700 meters to go.

On the line, our riders had a deficit of just two seconds on Astana, who took the win, being clocked in 14:51 after averaging over 54km/h, an impressive result for the Wolfpack, considering the conditions that added too much excitement to the opening stage of the race.

“We didn’t start too fast and we were a couple of seconds behind at the first intermediate, but we still had the entire team and pushed hard in the last five kilometers. There were many incidents on the course that were out of our control, and these impacted on the outcome. We would have liked to win, but at the end of the day, we are happy that nobody crashed”, sports director Wilfried Peeters said.

 

Photo credit: ©Justin Setterfield/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
14:51
2 Dario Cataldo
Astana Pro Team
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3 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
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4 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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5 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
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6 Gorka Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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7 Philippe Gilbert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
8 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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9 Zdeněk Štybar
Deceuninck - Quick Step
,,
10 Maximiliano Richeze Araquistain
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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11 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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12 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
44 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:18
45 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
14:51
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:02
3 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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4 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:03
5 Casper Pedersen
Team Sunweb
0:05
6 Robert Power
Team Sunweb
0:06
7 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
0:07
8 Sergio Higuita García
EF Education First
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9 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
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10 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
0:13
1 Astana Pro Team 14:51
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:02
3 Team Sunweb 0:05
4 EF Education First 0:07
5 BORA - hansgrohe 0:13
6 CCC Team 0:15
7 Movistar Team 0:16
8 Groupama - FDJ ,,
9 Mitchelton-Scott 0:18
10 Lotto Soudal 0:19

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