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BMC win opening Vuelta a Espana team time trial

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Team BMC on the podium as team time trial winners

Team BMC on the podium as team time trial winners (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC blasted through a second quicker than Tinkoff to take the lead

BMC blasted through a second quicker than Tinkoff to take the lead
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That's one way to cross the finish line

That's one way to cross the finish line (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Team Sky get ready for the team time trial

Team Sky get ready for the team time trial (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Astana Pro Team

Astana Pro Team (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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IAM Cycling

IAM Cycling (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC continues their dominance in the discipline

BMC continues their dominance in the discipline (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Team Sky chose to ride conservatively for the opening team time trial

Team Sky chose to ride conservatively for the opening team time trial (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Tinkoff-Saxo

Tinkoff-Saxo (Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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BMC celebrate its second team time trial win at a grand tour in 2015 after its Tour de France victory

BMC celebrate its second team time trial win at a grand tour in 2015 after its Tour de France victory (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale approach the finish line

Ag2r-La Mondiale approach the finish line (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Trek cross the line

Trek cross the line (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nairo Quintana leads Movistar over the line

Nairo Quintana leads Movistar over the line (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Nairo Quintana about to start the team time trial

Nairo Quintana about to start the team time trial (Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)
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Jovial scenes at the Katusha bus

Jovial scenes at the Katusha bus (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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John Degenkolb leads Giant-Alpecin

John Degenkolb leads Giant-Alpecin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Katusha out on course

Katusha out on course (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Fabian Cancellara leading Trek

Fabian Cancellara leading Trek (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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IAM Cycling do their thing

IAM Cycling do their thing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale-Garmin made it through unscathed

Cannondale-Garmin made it through unscathed (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Teams out for a recon

Teams out for a recon (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Kenny Elissonde leads FDJ

Kenny Elissonde leads FDJ (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Ag2r-La Mondiale

Ag2r-La Mondiale (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Colombia

Team Colombia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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MTN-Qhubeka

MTN-Qhubeka (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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An Etixx-Quick Step rider in the dust

An Etixx-Quick Step rider in the dust (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Adam Hansen asking for assistence

Adam Hansen asking for assistence (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC riding to stage victory

BMC riding to stage victory (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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A lovely beach sunset and a bike race

A lovely beach sunset and a bike race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Velits (BMC) in the first leader's jersey of the race

Peter Velits (BMC) in the first leader's jersey of the race (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) in the combativity jersey

Cameron Meyer (Orica-GreenEdge) in the combativity jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Velits (BMC) about to receive the red leader's jersey

Peter Velits (BMC) about to receive the red leader's jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Tom Van Asbroeck (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the KOM jersey

Tom Van Asbroeck (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the KOM jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) picks up another green jersey

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) picks up another green jersey (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Peter Velits (BMC) on the podium

Peter Velits (BMC) on the podium (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC continues its team time trial success at the Vuelta

BMC continues its team time trial success at the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Movistar ride through the dust

Movistar ride through the dust (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar

Team Europcar (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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LottoNl-Jumbo

LottoNl-Jumbo (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cofidis

Cofidis (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale-Garmin

Cannondale-Garmin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale-Garmin

Cannondale-Garmin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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IAM Cycling

IAM Cycling (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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IAM Cycling

IAM Cycling (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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IAM Cycling

IAM Cycling (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cofidis

Cofidis (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Caja Rural-Seguros RGA

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Team Europcar

Team Europcar (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Trek Factory Racing

Trek Factory Racing (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Cannondale-Garmin

Cannondale-Garmin (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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The opening TTT of the Vuelta

The opening TTT of the Vuelta (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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MTN-Qhubeka

MTN-Qhubeka (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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MTN-Qhubeka

MTN-Qhubeka (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Colombia

Colombia (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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FDJ

FDJ (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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FDJ

FDJ (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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LottoNl-Jumbo

LottoNl-Jumbo (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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AG2R La Mondiale

AG2R La Mondiale (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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BMC Racing en route to victory

BMC Racing en route to victory (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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Movistar preview the TTT course

Movistar preview the TTT course
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Orica-GreenEdge prepare for the TTT

Orica-GreenEdge prepare for the TTT
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BMC prepare for the opening TTT of the Vuelta

BMC prepare for the opening TTT of the Vuelta
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LottoNl-Jumbo come across the line

LottoNl-Jumbo come across the line
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Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) gapped his team at the end

Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) gapped his team at the end

BMC Racing won the opening team time trial of the Vuelta a España, setting a time just one hundredth of a second faster than Tinkoff-Saxo. The American outfit finished with the minimum of five riders with Peter Velits leading them over the line to take the first red jersey.

"Being world champions, that gives us a certain responsibility to put it out on the line and go for it," Tejay van Garderen said at the end of the stage. "The tactic that we had was perfect. On a course like this you can’t really go much faster with more than five guys so we picked five guys to bring it to the end and we had three guys to line it out from the start and do a one kilo effort full gas and pull off. Then the five guys at the end hammered it to the line. To be honest, I don’t remember much of it, it went by so quickly. We’re super happy with the win and I couldn’t be happier for Peter Velits to take the jersey."

BMC were the fifth from last team to roll down the start ramp as the sun began to fall in the sky and the temperatures became just about bearable. There was no time in the general classification at risk but pride and a stage victory was at stake over the 7.4-kilometre time trial. It was clear from the off that BMC were going for it and they were soon down to just five riders. As they approached the final straight, it looked like they might have been outdone but they squeezed past Tinkoff-Saxo by an impossibly small margin.

BMC also won the Tour de France team time trial in July by a similarly small gap over Team Sky, but this time they didn’t have a tense wait as all the teams after them went slower. In fact, there was less than a second separating the top three, with Orica-GreenEdge just half a second behind Tinkoff-Saxo. It was another disappointment for Peter Sagan who led the Tinkoff team over the line and would have worn the red jersey. Instead, he was given a familiar reward of the green jersey.

"For us it was ok. It was a little bit technical, a little bit narrow roads, a bit like Strade Bianche but it was good. We tried and for one second, maybe because of my name, we finished second again," Sagan joked after stepping on the podium.

It was a scorching start to the day for the early riders, with MTN-Qhubeka kicking things off. The South African team set a solid time but that was soon beaten by LottoNL-Jumbo who set the first serious looking time of 8:18. Their benchmark would stand for quite some time, until Orica-GreenEdge beat them by seven seconds. The Australian team’s arrival marked the halfway point and they would be happy to see pre-stage favourites Trek Factory Racing come over the line in provisional fourth place.

Orica-GreenEdge were only able to enjoy their time at the top for 10 minutes before Tinkoff-Saxo shoved them off by only half a second. Etixx-QuickStep had designs on taking the victory but they failed and there were some cross words between the teammates after the finish line. Just when Tinkoff-Saxo thought they might be about to take the stage win, BMC slipped in to beat them by a a second.

The remaining teams, Astana, Movistar, Sky and Katusha were all content with making it home in one piece. None of them threatened the race lead, with Sky finishing in a time of 9:21. For them, the real race will begin in Sunday with the first mountain stage.

Brief Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team0:08:10
2Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:01
3Orica GreenEdge
4Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:08
5Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:10
6Trek Factory Racing0:00:11
7Lotto-Soudal0:00:18
8Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9Movistar0:00:24
10Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:27
11IAM Cycling
12Lampre-Merida
13Astana0:00:30
14MTN - Qhubeka
15Team Colombia0:00:33
16FDJ.fr0:00:44
17Katusha0:00:54
18AG2R La Mondiale0:01:00
19Team Giant-Alpecin0:01:07
20Team Sky0:01:11
21Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:20
22Team Europcar0:02:15

 

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