Riders forced to ride 6km ‘through heavy traffic and in the dark without lights’ after Vuelta TTT

Soudal-Quick Step faced dark, wet and miserable conditions
Soudal-Quick Step faced dark, wet and miserable conditions for stage 1 team time trial at Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images)

The opening team time trial at the 2023 Vuelta a España offered a dramatic start to the last Grand Tour of the season, with multiple crashes and defending Champion Remco Evenepoel calling the stage “super-dangerous”.

Amid complaints around the conditions and course itself, the arrangements for riders returning to their team buses also attracted criticism with Lotto–Dstny’s Thomas De Gendt describing a treacherous journey following the stage finish.

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Peter Stuart

Peter Stuart has been the editor of Cyclingnews since March 2022, overseeing editorial output across all of Cyclingnews' digital touchpoints.

Before joining Cyclingnews, Peter was the digital editor of Rouleur magazine. Starting life as a freelance feature writer, with bylines in The Times and The Telegraph, he first entered cycling journalism in 2012, joining Cyclist magazine as staff writer. Peter has a background as an international rower, representing Great Britain at Under-23 level and at the Junior Rowing World Championships.