Vuelta a España 2022 stage 1 team time trial start times

Jumbo-Visma in action in the opening team time trial of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana
Jumbo-Visma in action in the opening team time trial of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana (Image credit: Getty)

The 2022 Vuelta a España gets underway in Utrecht on Friday evening with a team time trial that could provoke significant gaps among the contenders for final overall victory on September 11.

At 23.3km, the distance of stage 1 is almost twice that of the Vuelta's last team time trial, which came on the opening day in Torrevieja in 2019. Astana emerged victorious on that occasion, putting Miguel Angel López in the first red jersey of the race.

Jumbo-Visma suffered a mass crash that day, but the time lost didn't prevent Primož Roglič from carrying the maillot rojo to Madrid three weeks later.

On Friday evening, the teams set off at four-minute intervals with Burgos-BH the first squad down the start ramp at 18:30 CET. Arkéa-Samsic – minus Nairo Quintana – are off at 18:46, while Simon Yates and BikeExchange-Jayco begin their Vuelta at 19:02.

Ineos Grenadiers are off at 19:46, followed by QuickStep-AlphaVinyl, where all eyes will be on the display of Remco Evenepoel. The kilometres against the clock are key to the success of the Belgian's Vuelta debut.

Movistar are the penultimate squad off the start ramp as Alejandro Valverde sets off on his final Vuelta, while defending champion Roglič and Jumbo-Visma bring the curtain down on proceedings at 19:58 CET. The Dutch squad won't want for support on the streets of Utrecht.

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Vuelta a España stage 1 start times (CET)
Pos.Team nameStart time
2Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert 18:34
3Israel-Premier Tech 18:38
5Arkea-Samsic 18:46
6Cofidis 18:50
7Euskaltel-Euskadi 18:54
8EF Education-EasyPost 18:58
9BikeExchange-Jayco 19:02
10AG2R Citroen 19:06
11Bahrain Victorious 19:10
12Lotto Soudal 19:14
14Equipo Kern Pharma 19:22
15Team DSM 19:26
16Bora-Hansgrohe 19:30
17UAE Team Emirates 19:34
18Astana Qazaqstan 19:38
19Trek-Segafredo 19:42
20Ineos Grenadiers 19:46
21QuickStep-AlphaVinyl 19:50
22Movistar 19:54

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