Tour Colombia 2.1: EF Pro Cycling win opening TTT

EF Pro Cycling smashed the opening team time trial of the Tour Colombia 2.1, delivering a 45-second beating to Deceuninck-Quickstep in the 16.7km test, with Team Ineos and Tour de France champion Egan Bernal 46 seconds adrift in third.

Ecuadoran Jonathan Caicedo surged across the line first, and will trade his national champion's jersey for the first orange leader's jersey of the race.

How it unfolded

The 16.7km team time trial in Tunja was relatively flat and very fast, although the teams climbed from just after the start into a headwind on a hill that gained 90 metres of elevation before the course turned back for a smoking fast run to the finish.

Starting fifth of the 27 teams, Pro Continental Team Rally Cycling set the mark to beat the early starters with a time of 19 minutes. The American team set the fastest time at all the check points and cruised onto the hot seat for a lengthy stay.

Rally’s mark held until Deceuninck-QuickStep, starting on the 19th spot, blasted across the line in 18:46, relegating Rally to second and taking over the the spot on the hot seat. UAE Team Emirates came in next at 19:01, failing to eclipse either the Belgian WorldTour team or the American pro Continental squad. EPM-Scott was next and also set a time of 19:01.

Deceuninck-QuickStep’s mark was obliterated by EF Pro Cycling, which started in the 23rd position and crossed the line in 18:01, a minute faster than Rally and 45 seconds better than their Belgian WorldTour rivals.

The Team Ineos squad of Colombian Tour de France champion Egan Bernal could only manage the third-best time when they crossed the line with a time of 18:46, missing QuickStep by just one second. 

With only the Russian National Team, and two Continental teams – Efapal and Canel’s – remaining, the US WorldTour team took the stage win and put Caicedo into the leader's jersey. 

The Tour Colombia 2.1 continues Wednesday with a 152.4km stage from Paipa to Duitama.

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Provisional Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1EF Pro Cycling 0:18:01
2Deceuninck-Quick-Step 0:00:45
3Team Ineos 0:00:46
4Rally Cycling 0:00:59
5EPM-Scott 0:01:00
6UAE Team Emirates
7Movistar Team 0:01:02
8Israel Start-Up Nation 0:01:21
9Team Medellin 0:01:22
10Colombia Andina 0:01:33
11Uno X Norwegian Development Team
12Androni Giocattoli Sidermec 0:01:34
13Team Illuminate 0:01:42
14Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW 0:01:47
15Efapel 0:01:57
16Ogrull Paisa 0:02:02
17Supergiros Alcaldía de Manizales 0:02:08
18Russian National Team 0:02:12
19Ecuador 0:02:13
20Vini Zabu KTM 0:02:18
21Bardiani CSF Faizané 0:02:19
22Venezuela 0:02:26
23Canel's Pro Cycling 0:02:31
24Brazil 0:02:40
25Amore e Vita 0:02:45
26Team Novo Nordisk 0:03:07
27Agrupación Virgen de Fátima 0:03:28
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General classification after stage 1
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Pro Cycling 0:18:01
2Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) EF Pro Cycling
3Daniel Felipe Martinez Poveda (Col) EF Pro Cycling
4Tejay Van Garderen (USA) EF Pro Cycling
5Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Pro Cycling 0:00:09
6Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:00:45
7Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-Quickstep
8Jannik Steimle (Ger) Deceuninck-Quickstep
9Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-Quickstep
10Egan Arley Bernal Gomez (Col) Team Ineos 0:00:46
11Brandon Smith Rivera Vargas (Col) Team Ineos
12Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Team Ineos
13Jhonatan Manuel Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Team Ineos
14Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:59
15Gavin Mannion (USA) Rally Cycling
16Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally Cycling
17Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling
18Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:00
19Cristian Camilo Muñoz Lancheros (Col) UAE Team Emirates
20Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) UAE Team Emirates
21Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
22Angel Alexander Gil Sanchez (Col) EPM-Scott
23German Enrique Chaves Torres (Col) EPM-Scott
24Diego Antonio Ochoa Camargo (Col) EPM-Scott
25Aldemar Reyes Ortega (Col) EPM-Scott
26Fredy Emir Montaña Cadena (Col) EPM-Scott
27Juan Pablo Suarez Suarez (Col) EPM-Scott
28Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Movistar Team 0:01:02
29Matteo Jorgenson (USA) Movistar Team
30Juan Diego Alba Bolivar (Col) Movistar Team
31Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar Team
32Andres Camilo Ardila Ordoñez (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:03
33Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Israel Cycling Academy 0:01:21
34Matteo Badilatti (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
35Patrick Schelling (Swi) Israel Start-Up Nation
36Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy
37Oscar Miguel Sevilla Rivera (Spa) Team Medellin 0:01:22
38Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Team Medellin
39Brayan Stiven Sanchez Vergara (Col) Team Medellin
40Jose Tito Hernandez Jaramillo (Col) Team Medellin
41Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:23
42Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 0:01:32
43Idar Andersen (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
44Lars Saugstad (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
45Jonas Iversby Hvideberg (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
46Brayan Chaves (Col) Colombia-Andina 0:01:33
47Heiner Rodrigo Parra (Col) Colombia-Andina
48Julian David Molano (Col) Colombia-Andina
49Santiago Buitrago Sanchez (Col) Bahrain McLaren
50Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
51Miguel Eduardo Florez Lopez (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:34
52Simon Pellaud (Swi) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
53Matteo Spreafico (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
54Jhonatan Restrepo Valencia (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
55Travis McCabe (USA) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:01:40
56Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Team Illuminate 0:01:42
57Jorge Castiblanco (Col) Team Illuminate
58Felix Alejandro Baron Castillo (Col) Team Illuminate
59Matthieu Jeannes (Fra) Team Illuminate
60Jesus David Peña Jimenez (Col) Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Bicicletas 0:01:47
61Diego Andres Camargo Pineda (Col) Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Bicicletas
62Omar Alberto Mendoza Cardona (Col) Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Bicicletas
63Darwin Atapuma (Col) Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Bicicletas
64Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Bicicletas
65Daniel Muñoz Giraldo (Col) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:01:51
66Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:53
67Gerard Armillas Pubill (Spa) Efapel 0:01:57
68Jóni Brandão (Por) Efapel
69Rafael Silva (Por) Efapel
70Nicolas Saenz Ballesteros (Col) Efapel
71Didier Alonso Chaparro Lopez (Col) Orgullo Paisa 0:02:02
72Johan Antonio Colon Buelvas (Col) Orgullo Paisa
73Dany Alberto Osorio Calle (Col) Orgullo Paisa
74Sebastian Alexander Castaño Muñoz (Col) Orgullo Paisa
75Edison Muñoz Lopez (Col) Orgullo Paisa
76Frank Yair Osorio Carvajal (Col) Orgullo Paisa
77Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (Col) Equipo Continental Supergiros 0:02:08
78Bryan Steve Gomez Peñaloza (Col) Equipo Continental Supergiros
79Bernardo Albeiro Suaza Arango (Col) Equipo Continental Supergiros
80Ruben Dario Acosta Ospina (Col) Equipo Continental Supergiros
81Alexandr Smirnov (Rus) Lokosphinx 0:02:11
82Gleb Syritsa (Rus) Russia
83Nikita Bersenev (Rus) Russia
84Dmitry Mukhomediyarov (Rus) Lokosphinx
85Lev Gonov (Rus) Russia
86Jorge Montenegro (Ecu) Ecuador 0:02:13
87Harold Lopez (Ecu) Ecuador
88Bayron Guama (Ecu) Ecuador
89Richard Huera (Ecu) Ecuador
90Umberto Marengo (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:02:18
91Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Vini Zabu' KTM
92Roberto González (Pan) Vini Zabu' KTM
93Veljko Stojnic (Srb) Vini Zabu' KTM
94Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:02:19
95Iuri Filosi (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
96Alessandro Tonelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
97Marco Benfatto (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
98Nicolas Dalla Valle (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane'
99Robigzon Leandro Oyola Oyola (Col) Team Medellin 0:02:24
100César Fonte (Por) Efapel
101Jose Antonio Alarcon (Ven) Venezuela 0:02:26
102Jose Humberto Rujano (Ven) Venezuela
103Roniel Campos (Ven) Venezuela
104Jhonathan Salinas (Ven) Venezuela
105Juan Francisco Rosales Hernandez (Mex) Canel's Pro Cycling 0:02:29
106Santiago Ordoñez Carmona (Col) Canel's Pro Cycling
107Efren Santos Moreno (Mex) Canel's Pro Cycling
108Pablo Andrés Alarcon Cares (Chi) Canel's Pro Cycling
109Cameron Piper (USA) Team Illuminate 0:02:30
110Jimmy Montenegro (Ecu) Ecuador
111Filippo Zaccanti (Ita) Bardiani CSF Faizane' 0:02:37
112Lauro Cesar Moro (Bra) Brazil 0:02:40
113Vitor Zucco Schizzi (Bra) Evo
114Marcos Levy Nascimento da Matta (Bra) São Francisco Saúde/SME Ribeirão Preto
115Vinicius Rangel (Bra) Brazil
116Renan Ladewig Quadri (Bra) São Francisco Saúde/SME Ribeirão Preto
117Davide Appollonio (Ita) Amore e Vita-Prodir 0:02:45
118Maris Bogdanovics (Lat) Amore e Vita-Prodir
119Viesturs Luksevics (Lat) Amore e Vita-Prodir
120Riccardo Marchesini (Ita) Amore e Vita-Prodir
121Antonio Zullo (Ita) Amore e Vita-Prodir
122Eduardo Corte Cordero (Mex) Canel's Pro Cycling 0:02:48
123Robert Britton (Can) Rally Cycling 0:02:50
124David Lozano Riba (Spa) Team Novo Nordisk 0:03:07
125Oliver Behringer (Swi) Team Novo Nordisk
126Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo Nordisk
127Sam Brand (GBr) Team Novo Nordisk
128Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) UAE Team Emirates 0:03:14
129Jordan Tabares Jimenez (Col) Equipo Continental Supergiros 0:03:20
130Alessandro Guimaraes (Bra) São Francisco Saúde/SME Ribeirão Preto 0:03:23
131Nicolas Javier Naranjo Sanchez (Arg) Agrupación Virgen de Fatima-Saddledrunk 0:03:28
132Santiago Jose Sanchez Ordoñez (Arg) Agrupación Virgen de Fatima-Saddledrunk
133Daniel Omar Juárez (Arg) Agrupación Virgen de Fatima-Saddledrunk
134Leandro Javier Velardez (Arg) Agrupación Virgen de Fatima-Saddledrunk
135Carlos Alberto Soto (Arg) Agrupación Virgen de Fatima-Saddledrunk
136Ulugbek Saidov (Uzb) Team Novo Nordisk 0:03:31
137Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Pro Cycling 0:03:37
138Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:03:44
139Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Ineos 0:03:48
140Leonel Quintero (Ven) Venezuela
141Anderson Paredes (Ven) Venezuela
142Oscar Adalberto Quiroz Ayala (Col) Colombia Tierra de Atletas GW Bicicletas 0:03:55
143Leonardo Basso (Ita) Team Ineos 0:04:03
144Kristian Javier Yustre Rodriguez (Col) Team Illuminate 0:04:08
145Jonas Abrahamsen (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team 0:04:21
146Martin Bugge Urianstad (Nor) Uno-X Norwegian Development Team
147Yecid Arturo Sierra Sanchez (Col) Tianyoude Hotel 0:04:23
148Segundo Navarrete (Ecu) Ecuador 0:04:26
149Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Team Medellin 0:04:30
150Jesús Morales Martinez (Mex) Canel's Pro Cycling 0:04:32
151Nathan Brown (USA) Rally Cycling 0:04:50
152António Carvalho (Por) Efapel 0:04:58
153Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Russia
154Josip Rumac (Cro) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec 0:05:02
155Alvaro Jose Hodeg Chagui (Col) Deceuninck-Quickstep 0:05:07
156Mikkel Frølich Honoré (Den) Deceuninck-Quickstep
157Edwin Andres Carvajal Jaramillo (Col) Equipo Continental Supergiros 0:05:44
158Gabriel Nicolas Juarez Veron (Arg) Agrupación Virgen de Fatima-Saddledrunk 0:06:09
159James Mitri (GBr) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:06:23
160Matteo De Bonis (Ita) Vini Zabu' KTM 0:06:31

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