The Euskaltel team didn't start off their Giro with an ideal performance in the team time trial. The team was already down to five riders when Anton Luengo crashed in the second to last corner. Because each team's time is taken on the fifth rider, his team-mates were forced to wait for him to rejoin.
"Fortunately Luengo isn't injured," directeur sportif Jon Odriozola commented. "It was difficult enough for us before that. We had almost another crash before when riders touched each other's wheels. We knew we wouldn't be among the best today because we brought a very young team to the Giro, but we are confident that we can create a surprise with a stage win. It might be with Koldo Fernandez winning a bunch sprint just the same way he did it at Tirreno-Adriatico."