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August 24/13 22:01 pm - Vuelta a Espana: Stage 1

Posted by Editoress on 08/24/13

It was a spectacular start for the 68th Vuelta a España with the sunny seaside atmosphere of Galicia for the inaugural team time trial from Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo. The 197 participants traveled by boat to reach the starting ramp above the sea.

First on the road, wild-card team NetApp-Endura set a time of reference until the arrival of Omega Pharma-Quick Step. The German team outclassing Tour de France TTT winners Orica-GreenEDGE on the 27.4km undulating course was the first surprise of the day. A stiff tailwind was an important factor. It helped the last starters, Astana, to score an impressive average speed of 54.830km/h as they bettered, by ten seconds, the time of RadioShack-Leopard who had bumped Omega Pharma-Quick Step out of the hot seat.

Astana had not won a team time trial in a Grand Tour since the 2009 Tour de France with Alberto Contador and Lance Armstrong. Slovenia's Janez Brajkovic, having crossed the line in first position, received the red jersey of the Vuelta seven years after having led the race for two days in the early part of his career with Discovery Channel.

The winner of the 2010 Vuelta Vincenzo Nibali is the main beneficiary of the inaugural stage. He has an advantage of ten seconds over Chris Horner and Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack-Leopard). Other race favourites are a bit further back: Sergio Henao (Team Sky) at 0.22 , Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at 0.29, Roman Kreuziger (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) at 0.32, Bauke Mollema and Laurens ten Dam (Belkin) at 0.49, Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) at 0.56, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) at 0.59, Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) at 1.14.

Stage 2 will be held from Pontevedra to Baïona (177.7km), with an uphill finish atop the 11km long Alto do Monte de Groba.



Vincenzo Nibali (Astana, winners): We've done a great time trial. We've remained united and been strong from start to finish. Jani [Brajkovic] has had a lot of bad luck in a recent past, so it was fair to let him take the red jersey. My condition is very good but the Vuelta is hard and long. There'll be some crucial stages. We'll have to see day by day.”

Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard, 2nd): “I've done my job [by taking three times more turns than his team-mates according to Chris Horner]. I've given everything bearing in mind that our leaders, Chris and Robert [Kiserlovski] stayed up there. I would have been happy to take the red jersey but I'm very satisfied by the performance of my team.”

Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step, 3rd): “We thought we put a winning time together. It was a perfect course for us. We had a few problems finding the good order at the very beginning but the five riders designated for finishing it off stayed together and rode very strongly.”

Press release


Results from the first stage in Spain

Stage 1: Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo TTT, 27.4 km
1 Astana Pro Team 0:29:59
2 Radioshack Leopard at 0:10
3 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:16
4 Sky Procycling 0:22
5 Movistar Team 0:29
6 Team Saxo - Tinkoff 0:32
7 Team Netapp - Endura 0:35
8 BMC Racing Team 0:36
9 Orica Greenedge 0:45
10 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:49
11 Lampre-Merida 0:56
12 Katusha 0:59
13 Lotto Belisol 1:14
14 Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:14
15 Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:18
16 FDJ 1:25
17 Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:26
18 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 1:38
19 Garmin-Sharp 1:41
20 AG2R La Mondiale 1:41
21 Team Argos-Shimano 1:53
22 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:55
1 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:29:59
2 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team
5 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team
6 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
7 Fabian Cancellara (Sui) RadioShack Leopard 0:10
8 Haimar Zubeldia (Esp) RadioShack Leopard
9 Markel Irizar (Esp) RadioShack Leopard
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard
11 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard
12 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard all s.t.
13 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:16
14 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
15 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
16 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
17 Kevin de Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step all s.t.
18 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:22
19 Xabier Zandio (Esp) Sky Procycling
20 Sergio Luis Henao (Col) Sky Procycling
21 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling
22 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling
23 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Sky Procycling all s.t.
24 Javier Moreno (Esp) Movistar Team 0:29
25 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Esp) Movistar Team
26 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
27 José Herrada (Esp) Movistar Team
28 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team all s.t.
29 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:32
30 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
31 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
32 Oliver Zaugg (Sui) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
33 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff
34 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Sky Procycling
35 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team all s.t.
36 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:35
37 David De La Cruz (Esp) Team NetApp-Endura
38 José Joao Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura
39 Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura
40 Paul Voss (Ger) Team NetApp-Endura
41 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura all s.t.
42 Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:36
43 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team
44 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team
45 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
46 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team all s.t.
47 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:40
48 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:45
49 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
50 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
51 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
52 Wesley Sulzberger (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
53 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE
54 Christian Meier (Can) Orica-GreenEDGE
55 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-GreenEDGE all s.t.
56 Imanol Erviti (Esp) Movistar Team 0:47
57 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:49
58 Robert Wagner (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
59 Luis Leon Sanchez (Esp) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
60 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
61 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
62 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:56
63 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre-Merida
64 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
65 Luca Dodi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
66 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida all s.t.
67 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Esp) Katusha 0:59
68 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha
69 Daniel Moreno (Esp) Katusha
70 Alberto Losada (Esp) Katusha
71 Joaquim Rodriguez (Esp) Katusha all s.t.
72 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 1:07
73 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 1:10
74 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 1:14
75 Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol
76 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
77 Bart de Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
78 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
79 Samuel Sanchez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
80 Egoi Martinez (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
81 Gorka Verdugo (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
82 Mikel Nieve (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi
83 Jorge Azanza (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi all s.t.
84 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team 1:16
85 Juan Antonio Flecha (Esp) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 1:18
86 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
87 Rafael Valls Ferri (Esp) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
88 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
89 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team all s.t.
90 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ 1:25
91 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ
92 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ
93 Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ
94 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ all s.t.
95 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 1:26
96 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale Pro Cycling
97 Guillaume Boivin (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
98 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling
99 Maciej Paterski (Pol) Cannondale Pro Cycling
100 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling all s.t.
101 Winner Anacona (Col) Lampre-Merida 1:30
102 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ 1:31
103 Amets Txurruka (Esp) Caja Rural 1:38
104 David Arroyo (Esp) Caja Rural
105 Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural
106 Marcos Garcia (Esp) Caja Rural
107 Ivan Velasco (Esp) Caja Rural
108 Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural all s.t.
109 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp 1:41
110 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Garmin-Sharp
111 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp
112 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp
113 Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin-Sharp
114 Alex Rasmussen (Den) Garmin-Sharp
115 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
116 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
117 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
118 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
119 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
120 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale all s.t.
121 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 1:45
122 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano 1:53
123 Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano
124 Thierry Hupond (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano
125 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Argos-Shimano
126 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano all s.t.
127 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:55
128 Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
129 Luis Angel Mate (Esp) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
130 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
131 Cyril Bessy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits all s.t.
132 Steve Chainel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 1:59
133 Carlos Alberto Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
134 Danilo Wyss (Sui) BMC Racing Team 2:03
135 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 2:22
136 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 2:24
137 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Esp) Movistar Team 2:27
138 Christian Knees (Ger) Sky Procycling 2:36
139 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 2:41
140 Igor Anton (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:43
141 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack Leopard 2:51
142 Grégory Rast (Sui) RadioShack Leopard s.t.
143 Tosh van der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 2:55
144 Guillaume van Keirsbulck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
145 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
146 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step all s.t.
147 Martin Kohler (Sui) BMC Racing Team 2:59
148 Iker Camano (Esp) Team NetApp-Endura 3:01
149 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura
150 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team NetApp-Endura both s.t.
151 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Lotto Belisol 3:04
152 Vicente Reynes (Esp) Lotto Belisol s.t.
153 José Ivan Gutierrez (Esp) Movistar Team 3:07
154 Antonio Piedra (Esp) Caja Rural 3:09
155 Andrew Fenn (GBr) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 3:14
156 Francesco Lasca (Ita) Caja Rural s.t.
157 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 3:21
158 Thomas de Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:23
159 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 3:24
160 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
161 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 3:42
162 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Cannondale Pro Cycling
163 Cayetano José Sarmiento (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling both s.t.
164 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 3:50
165 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano 3:54
166 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Argos-Shimano
167 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano
168 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano all s.t.
169 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 4:09
170 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ 4:12
171 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida s.t.
172 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 4:16
173 Javier Francisco Aramendia (Esp) Caja Rural 4:21
174 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ 4:29
175 Juan Jose Oroz (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4:31
176 Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
177 Sebastian Lander (Den) BMC Racing Team 4:33
178 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Katusha 4:38
179 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Katusha s.t.
180 Juan Manuel Garate (Esp) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 4:41
181 Graeme Brown (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
182 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team both s.t.
183 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha 4:45
184 Pablo Lastras (Esp) Movistar Team s.t.
185 Laurent Mangel (Fra) FDJ 4:56
186 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale s.t.
187 Caleb Fairly (USA) Garmin-Sharp 5:00
188 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha 5:03
189 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 5:09
190 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits s.t.
191 Massimo Graziato (Ita) Lampre-Merida 5:47
192 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 6:00
193 Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica-GreenEDGE 6:04
194 Barry Markus (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team s.t.
195 Pablo Urtasun (Esp) Euskaltel-Euskadi 6:22
196 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin-Sharp 6:43
197 Koldo Fernandez de Larrea (Esp) Garmin-Sharp s.t.
DNS Theo Bos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team



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