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Vuelta a Espana: BMC win opening team time trial

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BMC on the podium after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

BMC on the podium after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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A rider leaves the Nimes arena

A rider leaves the Nimes arena
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Riders leave the Nimes arena during stage 1 at the Vuelta

Riders leave the Nimes arena during stage 1 at the Vuelta
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Alberto Contador leads the Trek-Segafredo squad

Alberto Contador leads the Trek-Segafredo squad
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Quick-Step Floors

Quick-Step Floors
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BMC Racing

BMC Racing
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Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo
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Movistar

Movistar
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Astana

Astana
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BMC Racing

BMC Racing
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Bahrain-Merida

Bahrain-Merida
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In the arena during stage 1 at the Vuelta

In the arena during stage 1 at the Vuelta
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Movistar

Movistar
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Astana

Astana
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Quick-Step Floors

Quick-Step Floors
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LottoNL-Jumbo

LottoNL-Jumbo
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AG2R la Mondiale

AG2R la Mondiale
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Orica-Scott

Orica-Scott
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A LottoNL-Jumbo rider picks himself up off the tarmac

A LottoNL-Jumbo rider picks himself up off the tarmac
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Cannondale-Drapac

Cannondale-Drapac
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Team Sunweb

Team Sunweb
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A LottoNL-Jumbo rider picks himself up off the tarmac

A LottoNL-Jumbo rider picks himself up off the tarmac
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Katusha-Alpecin

Katusha-Alpecin
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Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo
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Movistar

Movistar
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Team Sky

Team Sky
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Team Sky finish stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Team Sky finish stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Trek-Segafredo finish stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Trek-Segafredo finish stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Lotto Soudal team competes during the first stage of the 72nd edition of Vuelta a Espana

Lotto Soudal team competes during the first stage of the 72nd edition of Vuelta a Espana
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Trek-Segafredo

Trek-Segafredo
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Fans enjoy the start in the Nimes arena

Fans enjoy the start in the Nimes arena
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Movistar

Movistar
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BMC Racing

BMC Racing
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UAE Team Emirates

UAE Team Emirates
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A LottoNL-Jumbo rider picks himself up off the tarmac

A LottoNL-Jumbo rider picks himself up off the tarmac
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BMC racing on the way to winning stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

BMC racing on the way to winning stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Rohan Dennis in green after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Rohan Dennis in green after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Nicolas Roche in polka dots after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Nicolas Roche in polka dots after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Bob Jungels is best Young Rider after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Bob Jungels is best Young Rider after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Rohan Dennis in the leader's jersey after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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Riders leave the arena in Nimes

Riders leave the arena in Nimes
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Riders leave the arena in Nimes

Riders leave the arena in Nimes
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Rohan Dennis in white after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana

Rohan Dennis in white after stage 1 at the Vuelta a Espana
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BMC Racing took the Vuelta a Espana's opening team time trial Saturday in Nimes, France, beating world champions Quick-Step Floors by six seconds and placing Rohan Dennis in the first leader's jersey of the race.

Dennis surged forward in the final metres to cross the line first for BMC and take the race lead heading into Sunday's second stage.

Dennis now leads five of his teammates in the general classification, with Quick-Step, Team Sunweb and Team Sky riders amassed closely behind. Among the pre-race GC favourites, Chris Froome (Team Sky) is just nine seconds off Dennis' lead, with Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 31 seconds down, Alberto Contador(Trek-Segafredo) is 35 seconds back, and Fabio Aru (Astana) is 41 seconds adrift.

How it unfolded

The 13.7km team time trial in Nimes, France, was a winding affair that included little in the way of vertical challenge. Manzana Postobon led off the nine-man teams in the evening stage, but it was Bora-Hansgrohe that flew over the course in 16:19 that set the early mark to beat. Led by Rafal Majka, the team blasted past earlier leader Lotto Soudal by just three seconds.

The mark looked in good standing until Team Sunweb’s 16:04 blasted all the rest out of contention. World Champions Quick-Step Floors quickly took care of that, however, carving a half second off Sunweb’s time to set a new best mark and move to the top of the leader board.

Two-time team time trial world champions BMC Racing proved their mettle in the discipline with the new best time just a few minutes later, crossing the line under 16 minutes in 15:58.

Crashes on course slowed LottoNL-Jumbo and Movistar, but none of the teams was on track to upset BMC anyway. Trek-Segafredo was the final team across the line, finishing 35 seconds down on the winners.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team0:15:58
2Quick-Step Floors0:00:06
3Team Sunweb
4Team Sky0:00:09
5Orica-Scott0:00:17
6Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:21
7Lotto-Soudal0:00:24
8Movistar
9Bahrain-Merida0:00:31
10Katusha-Alpecin0:00:33
11Trek-Segafredo0:00:35
12FDJ0:00:38
13Aqua Blue Sport
14Dimension Data0:00:39
15LottoNL-Jumbo0:00:40
16Astana0:00:41
17Cannondale-Drapac0:00:46
18AG2R La Mondiale
19UAE Team Emirates6:29:02
20Manzana Postobon0:00:53
21Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:56
22Cofidis0:00:57

General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team0:15:58
2Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team
3Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team
4Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team
5Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
6Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
7Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:00:06
8David de la Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step Floors
9Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
10Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
11Matteo Trentin (Ita) Quick-Step Floors
12Søren Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb
13Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb
14Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb
15Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb
16Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb
17Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:00:09
18Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
19Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky
20Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
21Ian Stannard (GBr) Team Sky
22Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:00:10
23Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors0:00:11
24Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:00:17
25Magnus Cort (Den) Orica-Scott
26Jack Haig (Aus) Orica-Scott
27Simon Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott
28Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Orica-Scott
29Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:21
30Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
31Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
32Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
33Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
34Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:00:23
35Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:00:24
36Jelle Wallays (Bel) Lotto Soudal
37Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal
38Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal
39Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
40Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
41Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) Movistar Team
42Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
43Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
44Rubén Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
45Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team
46Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:00:25
47Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky
48Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Movistar Team0:00:29
49Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:31
50Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
51Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
52Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
53Ivan Garcia Cortina (Spa) Bahrain-Merida
54Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
55Marco Haller (Aut) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:33
56Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin
57Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
58Michael Mørkøv (Den) Katusha-Alpecin
59Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
60Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott0:00:34
61Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Orica-Scott
62Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-Segafredo0:00:35
63Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
64Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
65Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
66Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
67Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo
68Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:00:38
69Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) FDJ
70Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ
71Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ
72Jeremy Maison (Fra) FDJ
73Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Aqua Blue Sport
74Stefan Denifl (Aut) Aqua Blue Sport
75Mark Christian (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport
76Michel Kreder (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
77Lawrence Warbasse (USA) Aqua Blue Sport
78Peter Koning (Ned) Aqua Blue Sport
79Adam Blythe (GBr) Aqua Blue Sport0:00:39
80Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Dimension Data
81Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data
82Omar Fraile Matarranza (Spa) Dimension Data
83Ben King (USA) Dimension Data
84Serge Pauwels (Bel) Dimension Data
85Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) Katusha-Alpecin0:00:40
86Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
87Juan José Lobato (Spa) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
88Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
89Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
90Daan Olivier (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
91Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:00:41
92Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team
93Sergei Chernetckii (Rus) Astana Pro Team
94Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
95Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
96Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:42
97Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:00:44
98Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:46
99Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
100Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
101Thomas Scully (NZl) Cannondale-Drapac
102Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac
103Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac
104Toms Skujins (Lat) Cannondale-Drapac
105Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
106Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
107Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
108Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
109Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
110Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team Emirates0:00:47
111Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
112Louis Meintjes (RSA) UAE Team Emirates
113Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates
114Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
115Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon0:00:53
116Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana Postobon
117Fernando Orjuela (Col) Manzana Postobon
118Hernando Bohórquez (Col) Manzana Postobon
119Sebastián Molano (Col) Manzana Postobon
120Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon
121Lorrenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ0:00:54
122Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Drapac
123David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:00:56
124Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
125Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
126Jaime Roson Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
127Lluís Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
128Rafael Reis (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
129Hector Sáez Benito (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
130Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin (Eri) Dimension Data0:00:57
131Bernardo Suaza (Col) Manzana Postobon
132Anthony Perez (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
133Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
134Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
135Luis Angel Maté Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
136Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
137Anthony Turgis (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
138Remy Mertz (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:58
139Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
140Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo0:00:59
141Nicholas Dougall (RSA) Dimension Data
142Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:00
143Niki Terpstra (Ned) Quick-Step Floors0:01:02
144Marc Fournier (Fra) FDJ
145Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:03
146Aaron Gate (NZl) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:04
147Conor Dunne (Irl) Aqua Blue Sport0:01:09
148George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:10
149Alexis Gougeard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:12
150Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:01:13
151Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
152Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ0:01:16
153Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ
154Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:02
155Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:18
156Hernán Aguirre (Col) Manzana Postobon0:01:19
157Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon
158Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott0:01:20
159Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin0:01:21
160David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky0:01:23
161Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:01:24
162Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky0:01:32
163Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb0:01:33
164Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:01:35
165Anass Aït El Abdia (Mar) UAE Team Emirates0:01:36
166Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:01:38
167Tim Declercq (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
168Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
169Youcef Reguigui (Alg) Dimension Data
170Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:01:47
171Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Team Sunweb
172Kenneth Van Bilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:01:48
173Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:01:50
174Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
175Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:01:55
176Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team
177Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:58
178Loic Vliegen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
179Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:01
180Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team0:02:04
181Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
182José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:06
183John Degenkolb (Ger) Trek-Segafredo
184Jacques Janse van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:07
185Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
186Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:02:09
187Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:11
188Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:02:13
189William Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:02:38
190Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:43
191Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
192Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
193Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
194Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team Emirates0:02:46
195Michael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:55
196Federico Zurlo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:56
197Michal Kolár (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:58
198Jorge Arcas (Spa) Movistar Team0:04:43

Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team3pts
2Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team2
3Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team1

Combined Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team4pts
2Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing Team4
3Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team3

Teams Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bmc Racing Team0:15:48
2Quick - Step Floors0:00:06
3Team Sunweb
4Team Sky0:00:09
5Orica - Scott0:00:17
6Bora - Hansgrohe0:00:21
7Lotto Soudal0:00:24
8Movistar Team
9Bahrain - Merida0:00:31
10Team Katusha Alpecin0:00:33
11Trek - Segafredo0:00:35
12Fdj0:00:38
13Aqua Blue Sport
14Team Dimension Data0:00:39
15Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo0:00:40
16Astana Pro Team0:00:41
17Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team0:00:46
18Ag2R La Mondiale
19Uae Team Emirates0:00:47
20Manzana Postobon Team0:00:53
21Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:00:56
22Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:00:57

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