BMC victorious in Vuelta’s opening team time trial

BMC Racing

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


2 Quick-Step Floors


3 Team Sunweb


4 Team Sky


5 Orica-Scott


6 Bora-hansgrohe


7 Lotto Soudal


8 Movistar


9 Bahrain Merida


10 Katusha-Alpecin


11 Trek-Segafredo


12 Aqua Blue Sport


13 FDJ


14 Dimension Data


15 LottoNl-Jumbo


16 Astana


17 AG2R


18 Cannondale-Drapac


19 UAE Team Emirates


20 Manzana Postobon



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)



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