Gesink gets his turn in the spotlight at Vuelta a España as team dominates TTT

UTRECHT NETHERLANDS AUGUST 19 Robert Gesink of Netherlands and Team Jumbo Visma celebrates winning most combative rider jersey on the podium ceremony after during the 77th Tour of Spain 2022 Stage 1 a 233km team time trial in Utrecht LaVuelta22 WorldTour on August 19 2022 in Utrecht Netherlands Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Robert Gesink of Jumbo-Visma was named most combative rider on stage 1 and will wear the leader's jersey on stage 2 of the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

As a bike rider, it could hardly be more emotional for Robert Gesink on Friday evening as his Jumbo-Visma team claimed the opening victory of the 2022 Vuelta a España on home soil in Utrecht and the veteran Dutch climber made it into the leader’s jersey.

“I’m still shaking now as I’m sitting here,” Gesink told reporters nearly an hour after Jumbo-Visma had delivered a powerful opening blow in the Vuelta, winning by 13 seconds on Ineos Grenadiers and pushing all bar the British team and QuickStep-AlphaVinyl from day one.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.