La Vuelta a Espana #1: Positive start to Vuelta for Africa’s Team

The first stage of La Vuelta was won by Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) who clocked the fastest time in today’s individual time trial. In second place was Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) followed by Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal).

La Vuelta a Espana got underway today in Malaga with a 8km individual time trial. It was a hot and sunny afternoon spent on a flat and fast course, which only had a slight kick 5km in.

Steve Cummings produced a strong ride for us to finish in 10’08”, 29 seconds off the winning time and Ryan Gibbons also clocked a respectable time of 10’14. Ben King was our best rider of the day though, placing 24th on the stage and finishing with a time of 10’08, just milliseconds ahead of Cummings.

9th on the overall team classification was a respectable performance by our African Team on today’s specialists course. Dennis with his time of 9’39”, pulled on the first red leaders jersey of the race, and will start tomorrow’s 2nd stage with a 6 second buffer over Kwiatkowski.

Ben King – Rider
10km’s done, only a few thousand to go. Today was the longest day for the shortest stage. 3 showers and 3 dirty chamois after 3 separate rides today, finishing with a 10km race now at 8pm. So it was certainly a long day but it was a really intense way to start the race, a good wake up call for the legs and all our guys gave the circuit a good crack. It was a beautiful course with a lot of fans. The atmosphere and vibe out here in Malaga was great, so we look forward to the next few stages around this city.