Saturday August 19th, 2017

Stage 1Nîmes / Nîmes

Start 17h30 (Local time)

Key moments

BMC Racing Team made the most of the opening time-trial of the 72nd La Vuelta, Saturday at Nîmes: stage victory for the American team and first red jersey for Rohan Dennis. With a time of 15'58” over 13.7km, BMC dominated Quick-Step Floors and Team Sunweb with a margin of six seconds. Chris Froome and Team Sky took the fourth place and already won time over most of their rivals for the general classification. BMC already won the ITT in 2015. Dennis is the first Australian rider to wear...

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“I end up with the climbers' jersey but the main goal this morning was all about getting the team to cross the line with the best time. It's amazing to go once again on the podium of La Vuelta. It's great. I do all time trials with a 58 ring, not just today. I didn't spend the whole stage on the 11! It was a good pick because I had to do the drag down on the back of the course. I could keep the speed on the downhill. It worked out pretty good. It makes three stage wins for me at La Vuelta....

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Rohan Dennis (BMC), first overall leader of La Vuelta 2017 : “Everything went according to our plan. We were a bit nervous when Sky came, I thought that maybe we'd lose it on the line but we came off as the strongest team. We executed perfectly. The circuit was very technical. We needed everything to win it. We showed our true power in the team time-trial. It feels great to have the red jersey. I feel like it's an achievement but at the same time the whole team won and I'm the only one...

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Newsflashes (Local time)

19:15The red jersey for Dennis

Rohan Dennis (BMC) will be the first Australian rider to wear the red jersey at La Vuelta since Michael Matthews kept it for three days in 2014.

19:13BMC win stage 1

Top 5 at Nîmes:

1. BMC, 15.58

2. Quick-Step Floors, +0.6

3. Team Sunweb, +0.6

4. Team Sky, +0.9

5. Orica-Scott, +0.17

19:1111th time for Trek-Segafredo

Alberto Contador and Trek-Segafredo lost 35 seconds over BMC.

19:07Sky drop 9 seconds

Chris Froome and his teammates set the fourth best time: 16.07.

19:037th time for Movistar

Movistar set a time of 16.22, 24 seconds away from the best time.

Team Sky and Trek-Segafredo are the last teams expected on the finish line.

18:54Contador starts his last race

Trek-Segafredo is the last team to tackle the time-trial. The 72nd edition of La Vuelta is set to be Alberto Contador's last professional race.

18:51Under 16 minutes for BMC

BMC set the new best time: 15.58 (6 seconds faster than Quick-Step Floors and Sunweb).

18:46The last 3 teams

Movistar riders are on their way. Only two more teams are expected at the start: Chris Froome's Team Sky and Alberto Contador's Trek-Segafredo.

Movistar won the opening ITT at La Vuelta in 2012 and 2014.

18:40Very narrow lead for Quick-Step

Quick-Step Floors lead the provisional standings with a time of 16'04", only 0"6 ahead of Team Sunweb!

18:33Koen de Kort: "It's special for us and Alberto"

Trek-Segafredo will be the last team in action. Koen de Kort told lavuelta.com: “It's gonna be an interesting time trial. It's technical and tough. We're ready with a good and well balanced team. I hope we can start off really well. When you're racing with Alberto [Contador], there's always pressure, whether it's his last race or not. We had that in the Tour and now it's his last race, it's even more so, I guess. Already walking through in Nîmes, lots of people thank Alberto. It was...

18:32Nicolas Portal: "We aren't the favorites but..."

Team Sky is another highly awaited team. Sport director Nicolas Portal told lavuelta.com: “We've worked on the positioning of the riders for the TTT in the last two days. There are some very technical parts on the course. We've got great rouleurs like Chris [Froome], Ian Stannard, [Italian champion] Gianni Moscon who is a very strong time trialist. We also have riders who maintain the speed like Wout Poels and Diego Rosa. For the curves, we've got riders with great bike handling skills. We...

18:30Rohan Dennis: "I'd love to wear the red jersey"

Former team time trial world champions BMC Racing Team are necessarily among the favorites today. They won the inaugural TTT of La Vuelta in 2015. Australia's Rohan Dennis declared to lavuelta.com: “I never look at us as the favorites because as soon as we start that, it makes it a lot harder to win. If we become complacent and if we think that we've already won, then generally we don't win. I'm sure Sky will be good. They have a strong team. It's not a circuit that's purely from power...

18:29Sunweb at 51.2km/h

Correction: the previous average speeds were overestimated. Sunweb's average speed is 51.2km/h.

18:26Best time for Sunweb

16.09: new provisional best time for Sunweb!

18:24Stef Clement: "We don't put too much pressure on youngsters"

Stef Clement, the road captain of LottoNL-Jumbo, told lavuelta.com: “Our ambition is to have a good result but our team is young and inexperienced. We want the best possible time for Steven Kruijswijk. I'd like to have a nice surprise but we don't put too much pressure on the young riders.”

18:21Provisional top 3

1. Bora-Hansgrohe, 16.19

2. Lotto-Soudal, at 0.03

3. FDJ, at 0.17

Nne teams have crossed the finishing line so far.

18:19Bob Jungels: "We target the first place"

Quick-Step Floors' Bob Jungels told lavuelta.com: “I think we have a very competitive team with very strong rouleurs. David [De La Cruz] is super strong against the clock. We have a good chance to deliver a result. It's technical though. We target the first place and the red jersey but time gaps will be tight. 13.7km is a short distance.”

18:18Astana on the road

Astana is on the road, led by Fabio Aru and Miguel Angel Lopez. It's one of the strongest teams for the overall ranking.

18:14Rein Taaramäe: "We can make a nice surprise"

Rein Taaramäe (Katusha-Alpecin), winner of stage 14 to La Farrapona in 2011, declared to lavuelta.com: “I think we can make a nice surprise today but to be honest, we haven't done any good team time trial in the past two years. We don't need to have really pure power today. There are a lot of corners. We have some of Alexander Kristoff's lead out men in the team. They can be really fast on these corners. The accelerations after the corners are very important. We are in a good shape.”

18:13Bora at 53.7km/h

Bora's average speed is 53.7km/h.

18:12Wilco Kelderman: "We have a young but strong team"

Team Sunweb leader Wilco Kelderman spoke with lavuelta.com: “It's a really short and technical time trial”, he said. “We have a strong team and we'll fight for it. We have a really young team too [with an average age of 24.9 year, the second youngest after Manzana Postobon]. Five of us are doing their first Grand Tour. The enthusiasm is great. It's an advantage for today's race. We prepared really well for La Vuelta but not specifically for this TTT.”

18:11Bora betters Lotto-Soudal

New best time for now for Bora-Hansgrohe: 16.19

18:09Lluis Mas: "We hope for the top 15"

Lluis Mas Bonet spoke to lavuelta.com in the name of Caja Rural-RGA, the latest team to have taken the start. “We're realistic”, he said. “We aren't specialists for team time trial. But we hope for the top 15. We'll try at least. After today, we'll try to break away as much as we can. Our ambition for this year is to win a stage. We have people like Jaime Roson and Sergio Pardilla who are in great condition. It might be harder for us to target the King of the Mountains jersey this year...

18:07Second best time

FDJ sets the second best provisional time on the finishing line 14 seconds down on Lotto-Soudal.

18:05Crash for UAE

Darwin Atapuma and Federico Zurlo have crashed. They're back on their bikes.

18:00Pr. Niemiec: "We don't worry too much"

UAE Team Emirates is lining up on the starting ramp in front of the Maison Carrée. Stage 15 winner of the 2014 La Vuelta at Lagos de Covadonga Przemyslaw Niemiec told lavuelta.com ahead of stage 1: “The team time trial isn't a nightmare for us, but it's known that we aren't specialists. We defend ourselves as well as we can. We don't worry too much. There are only 13.7km. The loss can't be big enough to lose any hope in the overall ranking, considering all the climbs we have ahead of us....

17:58Dombrowski in trouble

Joe Dombrowski who has been named as Cannondale's leader for La Vuelta is in trouble. He had a crash this morning during the recce.

17:55Cesare Benedetti: "We have big ambitions with Majka"

Bora-Hansgrohe has started. Cesare Benedetti told lavuelta.com: “It's a short but very demanding course. It's very technical with a lot of curves too. The time will not be based on power only but also on technique and homogeneity. It's challenging. Rafal Majka has had a very good Tour de Pologne [2nd]. The hills of La Vuelta suit him even better. They're longer than in Poland. Let's hope his good shape remains for three weeks.”

17:52FDJ on the way

FDJ is also racing now. They don't have a clear leader for La Vuelta but let's watch out for young gun Odd Christian Eiking from Norway.

17:51A better time for Lotto

16.22: Lotto-Soudal betters Manzana Postobon

17:47The Colombians have completed the course

First time on the line: 16.51 for Manzana-Postobon

17:44Larry Warbasse: "I'm excited"

US national champion Larry Warbasse is at the helm of Aqua Blue Sport, a team in its first year of existence starting its first Grand Tour. “I'm excited about this race”, said the Tour de Suisse stage winner who took part in La Vuelta those past three years with BMC and IAM Cycling. “I think it's our team's first team time trial actually. It should be good. We have a really strong team. I believe two of our guys have an Olympic medal in teams pursuit [New Zealand's Aaron Gate and...

17:41William Clarke: "We're not gonna take it easy"

Next team to leave the starting ramp is Cannondale-Drapac. Australia's William Clarke is one of the 75 debutants at La Vuelta today. Aged 32, he's the oldest of the 54 Grand Tour debutants in Nîmes. He spoke to lavuelta.com: “I got a little bit of a late call up to replace Davide Formolo [who withdrew from bronchitis at the eleventh hour although he announced after the Giro that he'd target to final top 5 at La Vuelta]. I feel pretty happy to get selected but not really arriving in the...

17:39Youcef Reguigui: "It's an important stage"

The latest team on the road is Dimension Data. Youcef Reguigui starts La Vuelta for the second time after he became the first Algerian to do so two years ago. He told lavuelta.com: “For me the team time trial is very important because I am the only sprinter in the team and there might be a sprint finish tomorrow. It's even more important for the climbers we have in the team. They want the best possible position on GC before the mountains that come early in the race. We'll do our best to...

17:38An inaugural team time trial is a tradition

13 of the last 16 editions of La Vuelta kicked-off with a TTT, including the last 8.

Once (2002, 2003) and Movistar (2012, 2014) have been the most successful teams with two victories each. Last year's winners were Team Sky with Peter Kennaugh first in the red jersey.

17:35Lotto-Soudal in action

The second team is in action. It's Belgium's Lotto-Soudal. Adam Hansen has started his 19th straight Grand Tour!!!

17:34Only two Manzana riders have ridden a Grand Tour

Dutchman Jetse Bol whose wife is Mexican has ridden the Giro once and Portugal's Ricardo Vilela has ridden La Vuelta once. All the other riders are Colombians and have never taken part in a Grand Tour before.

17:30The race is on

The young boys from Manzana Postobon have taken the start. The race is on.

17:28Ready to go

La Vuelta general director Javier Guillén cuts the ribbon in front of the Maison Carrée together with French interior minister Gérard Collomb and the mayor of Nîmes Jean-paul Fournier.

17:10Welcome

Welcome to the live coverage of stage 1 of the 72nd edition of La Vuelta. It's a 13.7km team time trial in the streets of Nîmes, France. First team to start at 17.30: Manzana Postobon.

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