The Vuelta a Espana got underway with a 27.8km team time trial. Team Sky clocked the fastest time of the 22 teams to win the stage but only 6 seconds separated the top 3 teams. Team Movistar placed 2nd and in 3rd place it was Orica-BikeExchange. Peter Kennaugh led his Sky team across the line and therefore pulled on the race leaders jersey at the end of the day.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was the 6th team to leave the start ramp this evening and they were chasing the benchmark times set by Bora-Argon 18. At the two intermediate time checks out on course, our African Team consistently went through with the 3rd best time. At the finish, our boys again stopped the clock with what was the 3rd best time.
There were obviously still 16 teams to follow us home, including all the big favourites for the day. Knowing that the flat, fast course suited the big powerhouse time trial teams our African Team was still pleased with the performance the boys put in today.
In the end, after all teams had finished, Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka had secured 15th place on the stage with a time 1’17” slower than that of Team Sky. With still 20 stages to go, our African Team look forward to animating the race over the coming 3 weeks.
Tyler Farrar – Rider
I think we can be pretty happy with our performance today. We certainly not a specialist team when it comes to the team time trial but our goal was to just stay close to the other teams, not lose too much time for our GC guys and ride smooth. I think we can be really happy with what we did today.
Alex Sans Vega – Sport Director
We did a solid team time trial with some guys showing some good form on the bike. Our days are still to come in this race, so were looking forward to the next stages.