Major team time trial challenge kicks off 2016 Vuelta a Espana

The 2016 Vuelta a Espana kicks off anything but gently on Saturday, with a medium length evening team time trial seemingly designed to reveal any potential weaknesses in the GC candidates and their teams, and perhaps create some important time gaps.

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora-Argon 1818:26:00
2Direct Energie18:30:00
3Lotto Soudal18:34:00
4Astana Pro Team18:38:00
5Lampre - Merida18:42:00
6Dimension Data18:46:00
7IAM Cycling18:50:00
8Caja Rural -Seguros RGA18:54:00
10Etixx - Quick Step19:02:00
11Team Katusha19:06:00
12Cofidis, Solutions Credits19:10:00
13Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team19:14:00
14Ag2r La Mondiale19:18:00
15Trek - Segafredo19:22:00
17Team Giant Alpecin19:30:00
18BMC Racing Team19:34:00
19Team Lotto NL -Jumbo19:38:00
20Movistar Team19:42:00
21Team Sky19:46:00

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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.