The Vuelta a Espana opening stage saw BMC Racing rack up yet another win in the team time trial format, beating Quickstep-Floors and Team Sunweb into 2nd & 3rd respectively. Rohan Dennis was first across the line and will be the first wearer of the red race leaders’ jersey.
Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka was the 3rd team to start this late afternoon’s 13.7km team time trial in Nimes. It was an extremely technical course on narrow roads with many corners and tricky descents. The first priority for our African Team was to get around safely and then to limit our losses to main GC teams.
Fortunately, all our riders completed the course with no issues, while numerous rival teams came unstuck in some of the tight corners. Stopping the clock at 16’37” and with an average speed of 49.5km/h, our performance was good enough to slot into 14th place by the end of the stage and just 39 seconds behind race winners, BMC Racing.
Igor Anton – Rider
Today’s time trial was not very long but it was technical. We really had to stay focused and concentrate through all the corners. The team worked really well together and executed our plan of having 3 guys empty their power early and then drop off, finishing with 6 guys. We were hoping for a mid-table finish and that is what we achieved so we start this Vuelta with a good feeling.