The BMC team won the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday, a team time trial in Nimes, France.
The 6-second victory over Quick-Step Floors put Rohan Dennis in the leader’s jersey. Team Sunweb finished third in the 13.7-kilometer stage. Team Sky stopped its clock 9 seconds slower than BMC in fourth, while Orica-Scott took fifth.
The 13.7 km track, which went mostly through winding, narrow city center streets and through a Roman amphitheatre, was almost half the length of the team time trial in last year’s Vuelta, where Sky pipped Movistar to victory by under a second.
UAE Team Emirates, LottoNL-Jumbo and Movistar all experienced crashes, although all riders were able to continue.
“It was a hard course,” said Rohan Dennis. “Technical at the start and you really had to figure out whether it was better to finish with nine or to drop a few. We tested everything. We tested strength, technique and speed.”
“It feels great. Obviously it’s a different feeling because I feel it’s an achievement but at the same time the whole team won and I’m the only one that gets to wear it. That’s the only downfall I think to me wearing the Red Jersey compared to the Yellow. I take all the credit while it was actually a team effort.”
Vuelta a Espana 2017 – stage 1 results (Nimes – Nimes TTT):
|1||BMC Racing Team|
|12||Aqua Blue Sport|
|19||UAE Team Emirates|
General classification after stage 1:
|1||Rohan Dennis (BMC)|
|2||Daniel Oss (BMC)|
|3||Nicolas Roche (BMC)|
|4||Alessandro De Marchi (BMC)|
|5||Damiano Caruso (BMC)|
|6||Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)|
|7||Yves Lampaert (Quick-Step Floors)||+06”|
|8||David De La Cruz (Quick-Step Floors)||,,|
|9||Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)|
|10||Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors)|
|11||Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step Floors)||,,|
|12||Soren Kragh Andersen (Team Sunweb)|
|13||Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)|
|14||Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)|
|15||Lennard Kamna (Team Sunweb)|
|16||Warren Barguil (Team Sunweb)|
|17||Salvatore Puccio (Team Sky)|
|18||Chris Froome (Team Sky)|
|19||Gianni Moscon (Team Sky)|
|20||Wout Poels (Team Sky)|