Astana strike first blow in Vuelta as Roglic crashes


Astana struck the first blow on the Vuelta a Espana on Saturday, taking the victory in an opening team time trial played out over a spectacular background of salt lakes.

The Kazakh outfit clocked 14min15s for the 13.4km course which took in the famed salt flats of Torrevieja on Spain’s south-east coast.

Deceuninck-Quick-Step were two seconds off the pace with Team Sunweb in third spot, five seconds behind.

Victory on Saturday put Miguel Angel Lopez into the leader’s red jersey.

“I’m delighted, we did everything right,” said Lopez, the rider nicknamed ‘Superman’ who said there had been no pre-planning over which member of the team would have the honour of crossing the line first.

“No decision was made on this — it was done at that moment. We have the red jersey and we are going to take things calmly. I have a great team at my side to support me.”

It was a forgettable opening day, however, for time-trial favourites Jumbo-Visma who suffered a collective fall on a hot, windless day.

Amongst the victims was one of the race favourites Primoz Roglic, the Slovenian ex-ski jumper who came into the race having won the Tour de Romandie and Tirreno-Adriatico titles this year.

They recovered to finish 40 seconds off the lead in what was a disappointing start for a team which had captured the corresponding time trials at the Giro and Tour de France.

Sunday’s second stage is a hilly 199.6km ride from Benidorm to Calpe.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 1 results (Salinas de Torrevieja – Torrevieja TTT):





3Team Sunweb


4EF Education First












10Lotto Soudal


11Team Ineos






14Dimension Data




16Caja Rural-Seguros RGA


17AG2R La Mondiale






20Euskadi Basque Country


Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 1:

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


2Dario Cataldo (Astana)


3Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


4Ion Izagirre (Astana)


5Luis León Sanchez (Astana)


6Gorka Izagirre (Astana)


7Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


8Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


9Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


10Maximiliano Richeze (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


11James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


12Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


13Maximilian Walscheid (Team Sunweb)


14Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


15Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


16Casper Pedersen (Team Sunweb)


17Robert Power (Team Sunweb)


18Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First)


19Hugh Carthy (EF Education First)


20Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)



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