Sastre first leader
CSC's Carlos Sastre has ridden into the gold jersey after the first stage of the Vuelta a España, a 7.3 km team time trial in Malaga. Sastre crossed the line first as his team clocked an impressive 7'36 to win the stage, seven seconds clear of Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears and eight seconds better than Milram. This was despite the fact that CSC had a relatively slow start, and was only in eighth spot at 3 seconds at the 3.3 km time check.
Milram had posted a solid time of 7'44 that stood until Caisse d'Epargne, the third last team to leave, beat them by one second. But less than four minutes later, CSC smashed that mark and put Sastre in gold. Denis Menchov's Rabobank team was comparatively off the pace, posting a time of 7'54 to put it in 12th place at the finish.