Live Coverage of Vuelta a Espana - Stage 1

Race overview:

Distance: 13.4km

Start Location: Salinas de Torrevieja

End Location: Torrevieja

  1. 21:55:46 CEST

    Thanks for joining us. We'll be back on Sunday with stage 2.

     

  2. 20:56:53 CEST

    You can find our report, results and photos from the stage right here

     

  3. 20:42:12 CEST

    1 Astana Pro Team 0:14:51
    2 Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:00:02
    3 Team Sunweb 0:00:05
    4 EF Education First 0:00:07
    5 Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:14
    6 CCC Team 0:00:16
    7 Movistar Team 0:00:16
    8 Groupama-FDJ 0:00:17
    9 Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:18
    10 Lotto Soudal 0:00:19
    11 Team Ineos 0:00:26
    12 Bahrain-Merida 0:00:26
    13 Katusha-Alpecin 0:00:33
    14 Dimension Data 0:00:34
    15 Trek-Segafredo 0:00:36
    16 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:37
    17 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:38
    18 Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:41
    19 Cofidis Solutions Credits 0:00:44
    20 Euskadi Basque Country 0:00:47
    21 UAE Team Emirates 0:01:08
    22 Burgos-BH 0:01:22

     

  4. 20:36:00 CEST

    1 Astana Pro Team 14:51.1
    2 Deceuninck-QuickStep 14:53.1
    3 Team Sunweb 14:56.5
    4 EF Education First 14:58.1
    5 Bora-Hansgrohe 15:04.6
    6 CCC Team 15:06.9
    7 Groupama-FDJ 15:08.0
    8 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    9 Lotto Soudal 15:10.1
    10 Team Ineos 15:16.7

     

  5. 20:35:42 CEST

    My depth perception is woeful. Movistar finish 16 seconds down. Astana win the stage, and Miguel Angel Lopez pulls on the first leader's jersey. 

     

  6. 20:34:55 CEST

    Eh they will be close but I think Astana have this.

     

  7. 20:34:39 CEST

    Less than 1km to go for Movistar but it's going to take a huge effort to take the win. 

     

  8. 20:33:37 CEST

    What a crazy last hour this has been. Astana have stormed the race, Jumbo Visma have completely imploded in just 13km and we've seen multiple minor incidents out there too. 

     

  9. 20:31:36 CEST

    A couple of QuickStep riders then mess up the final corner and they're down to four riders. They'll push to the line but are two seconds off the win. Could they have won if that Jumbo Visma car hadn't parked on a blind corner. Surely that will need looking at by the race jury...

     

  10. 20:30:26 CEST

    As things stand the win is going to Astana and the first red jersey to Miguel Angel Lopez.

     

  11. 20:29:50 CEST

    A Jumbo Visma car almost took down the entire QuickStep team. What on earth are they playing at today? Movistar were around 10 seconds down at the first check.

     

  12. 20:28:55 CEST

    Movistar will not challenge and Aru apparently crashed after the line. 

     

  13. 20:28:06 CEST

    Tony Martin on the front and he looks to rescue the situation. They lose 40 seconds but the real damage could be the injuries to Roglic after his crash. 

     

  14. 20:25:45 CEST

    QuickStep hit that same wet patch and they come through without any problems. Visma were seven seconds down at the split, which was just before their crash. 

     

  15. 20:24:56 CEST

    1 Astana Pro Team 14:51.1
    2 Team Sunweb 14:56.5
    3 EF Education First 14:58.1
    4 Bora-Hansgrohe 15:04.6
    5 CCC Team 15:06.9
    6 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    7 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    8 Lotto Soudal 15:10.1
    9 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    10 Bahrain Merida 15:17.2

     

  16. 20:24:46 CEST

    Jumbo pull themselves together and have five riders heading to the finish but they're going to lose over a minute and Roglic was one of the riders who crashed. His skin suit is torn on the left side.

     

  17. 20:23:18 CEST

    Meanwhile Bora have a decent run and finish in a time of 15'04.

     

  18. 20:22:51 CEST

    Some water on the road then one rider went onto the white line and they he lost control. He hit the brakes and then three riders hit the deck. Disaster. 

     

  19. 20:21:57 CEST

    Just at the split and it was a touch of wheels in the middle  of the train. That's a complete disaster for the Dutch team. 

     

  20. 20:21:27 CEST

    Crash. Huge crash from Jumbo Visma on a corner. 

     

  21. 20:21:05 CEST

    And now Movistar on the the road too. Can anyone stop Lopez from taking the first leader's jersey in this year's Vuelta  a Espana?

     

  22. 20:19:00 CEST

    Jumbo  Visma and  QuickStep are on the road but Visma lost Kuss early due to a mechanical. 

     

  23. 20:18:12 CEST

    1 Astana Pro Team 14:51.1
    2 Team Sunweb 14:56.5
    3 EF Education First 14:58.1
    4 CCC Team 15:06.9
    5 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    6 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    7 Lotto Soudal 15:10.1
    8 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    9 Bahrain Merida 15:17.2
    10 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1

     

  24. 20:15:15 CEST

    1 Astana Pro Team 14:51.1
    2 Team Sunweb 14:56.5
    3 EF Education First 14:58.1
    4 CCC Team 15:06.9
    5 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    6 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    7 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    8 Bahrain Merida 15:17.2
    9 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1
    10 Team Dimension Data 15:25.0

     

  25. 20:11:45 CEST

    20 Team Jumbo Visma 20:12:00
    21 Deceuninck QuickStep 20:16:00
    22 Movistar 20:20:00

     

    The last three teams to start.

     

  26. 20:11:08 CEST

    Lopez almost drops his teammates. 14'51 and 5 seconds up on Sunweb. 

     

  27. 20:10:46 CEST

    Around that trickly cobbled corner and they sprint for the line. They have it. 

     

  28. 20:10:05 CEST

    Astana were six seconds up at the first check  and they're hurtling to the finish with Lopez neatly tucked in. They have 1km to go. 

     

  29. 20:08:14 CEST

    1 Team Sunweb 14:56.5
    2 EF Education First 14:58.1
    3 CCC Team 15:06.9
    4 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    5 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    6 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    7 Bahrain Merida 15:17.2
    8 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1
    9 Team Dimension Data 15:25.0
    10 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:28.4

     

  30. 20:03:37 CEST

    They've done it. Sunweb take the lead, two seconds faster than EF-Education First. That's a huge ride from the former world champions. 

     

  31. 20:02:42 CEST

    Here come Sunweb though and this one could be close.

     

  32. 20:02:31 CEST

    And EF are ticking off the teams one by one. 

     

    1 EF Education First 14:58.1
    2 CCC Team 15:06.9
    3 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    4 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    5 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    6 Bahrain Merida 15:17.2
    7 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1
    8 Team Dimension Data 15:25.0
    9 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:28.4
    10 AG2R La Mondiale 15:28.7

     

  33. 20:02:07 CEST

    Giro 2012. That was EF's last TTT win in a Grand Tour. 

     

  34. 19:59:54 CEST

    1 EF Education First 14:58.1
    2 CCC Team 15:06.9
    3 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    4 Mitchelton-Scott 15:09.3
    5 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    6 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1
    7 Team Dimension Data 15:25.0
    8 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:28.4
    9 AG2R La Mondiale 15:28.7
    10 Cofidis, Solutions Credit 15:34.6

     

  35. 19:59:43 CEST

    Bahrain Merida come towards the line. They have just four riders and they're well off the pace. The riders remaining are giving it everything and they're 19 seconds down at the finish. 

     

  36. 19:56:04 CEST

    Mitchelon Scott come to the line and they post a time of 15'09. That's 11 seconds down on EF Education First. Was their last TTT win in a Grand Tour back in 2011 at the Tour? Still some strong teams to come but EF are in with a shout. 

     

  37. 19:54:11 CEST

    Here are the final teams yet to start their TTT:

     

    16 Astana Pro Team 19:56:00
    17 Lotto Soudal 20:00:00
    18 UAE Team Emirates 20:04:00
    19 Bora hansgrohe 20:08:00
    20 Team Jumbo Visma 20:12:00
    21 Deceuninck QuickStep 20:16:00
    22 Movistar 20:20:00

     

  38. 19:49:16 CEST

    1 EF Education First 14:58.1
    2 CCC Team 15:06.9
    3 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    4 Team Ineos 15:16.7
    5 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1
    6 Team Dimension Data 15:25.0
    7 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:28.4
    8 AG2R La Mondiale 15:28.7
    9 Euskadi Basque Country - Marias 15:37.6
    10 Burgos - BH 16:13.5

     

  39. 19:49:06 CEST

    Mitchelton mess up a corner and they're a handful of seconds off the pace at the intermediate. 

     

  40. 19:47:45 CEST

    No. They finish with a time of 15'176 and they're 18 seconds down on EF. That wasn't close at all. Sorry.

     

  41. 19:47:00 CEST

    Henao has blown at the back of the Ineos train. They're close to the finish and this could be close...

     

  42. 19:45:36 CEST

    Finish results
     

    1 EF Education First 14:58.1
    2 CCC Team 15:06.9
    3 Groupama - FDJ 15:08.0
    4 Team Katusha Alpecin 15:24.1
    5 Team Dimension Data 15:25.0
    6 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 15:28.4
    7 AG2R La Mondiale 15:28.7
    8 Euskadi Basque Country - Marias 15:37.6
    9 Burgos - BH 16:13.5

     

  43. 19:45:23 CEST

    Katusha have finished by the way and they were 26 seconds down on EF Education First, who still lead. Mitchelton are out there though, and they are setting a blistering pace.

     

  44. 19:44:22 CEST

    Ineos were third at the intermediate check, six seconds off the race lead.

     

  45. 19:39:01 CEST

    Think that's seven riders. It looked like Stannard was dropped.

     

  46. 19:38:28 CEST

    Groupama were fastest at the intermediate check but they fell apart in the second half of the race. Right now Ineos have all eight riders with 8km to go.

     

  47. 19:35:25 CEST

    FDJ are going to be in the mix even though they're down to four riders. 15:07 and they're third so far.

     

  48. 19:33:16 CEST

    And Team Ineos start their team time trial. Even when they send their B squad they're still stacked with talent:

     

    121 Wout Poels (Ned)
    122 David de la Cruz (Spa)
    123 Owain Doull (GBr)
    124 Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr)
    125 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col)
    126 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
    127 Salvatore Puccio (Ita)
    128 Ian Stannard (GBr)

     

  49. 19:31:21 CEST

    And here come EF Education First. 14:48 and they're 8 seconds faster than CCC and take the lead in the stage. 

     

  50. 19:29:45 CEST

    EF Education First have come 3 seconds faster than CCC at the intermediate time check. That's impressive but that wind is picking up in the finish.

     

  51. 19:28:51 CEST

    The latest results from the finish:

     

    1
    CCC TEAM
      
    2
    TEAM DIMENSION DATA
      at 00'19"
    3
    AG2R LA MONDIALE
       at 00'22"
    4
    EUSKADI BASQUE COUNTRY - MURIAS
     at 00'31"

     

  52. 19:23:30 CEST

    CCC come to the line and they push Dimension Data off top spot with a time of 15'06. That's 19 seconds  faster than Dimension Data.

     

  53. 19:22:42 CEST

    EF Education First are on the course and they look rapid. They're going to challenge today as well. 

     

  54. 19:20:48 CEST

    8'22 is the new fastest time by CCC at the middle time check. It looks as though Dimension will lead for now as we see another team fail to better them. Now FDJ start their TTT effort. They have a good TTT core but no real GC threat here, so it will be interesting to see if they go for it today.

     

  55. 19:16:02 CEST

    Dimension Data were  15:25 and AG2R come over the line with 15:28. A shocker from the French squad. They were all over the place in the finish.

     

  56. 19:14:42 CEST

    AG2R are coming to the line but they have  just four riders left. They should have the fastest time at present but this is a ragged performance  from the French team.

     

  57. 19:10:11 CEST

    CCC come through the first few technical corners looking very smooth indeed. 

     

  58. 19:09:25 CEST

    The next batch of teams to come:

     

    5 Burgos - BH 19:12:00
    6 EF Education First 19:16:00
    7 Groupama - FDJ 19:20:00
    8 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 19:24:00
    9 Team Katusha Alpecin 19:28:00
    10 Team Ineos 19:32:00

     

  59. 19:07:09 CEST

    CCC will be next. As BMC Racing they won a stack of time trials like this but then they lost a load of riders and changed objectives. They're still no pushovers in the discipline though and with Pinotti behind the scenes they have a real tactician. 

     

  60. 19:05:26 CEST

    They've lost a couple of riders actually and they're down to six men. 

     

  61. 19:05:05 CEST

    Euskadi have rolled down the start ramp but no time  checks yet for the first two teams. Dimension Date are on the descent towards the sea but they still have a few kms to go.

     

  62. 19:00:11 CEST

    Decent crowds line the roads too but there are cross-winds out there too. It's a cross head wind in the first half and then a cross tailwind to follow. AG2R are about to start their team time trial. Pierre Latour is in their squad and has a point to prove after missing the Tour de France.

     

  63. 18:57:30 CEST

    Dimension Data are on the start ramp and they're about to start their team time trial. We're off and the South African team quickly move into formation. So far, so good. At least the start of this Grand Tour hasn't been over shadowed by a huge debate over whether they should have brought Mark Cavendish or not.

     

  64. 18:49:33 CEST

    Dimension Data come here with a decent squad to be honest. They won a couple of stages through King last year and he returns. Meintjes is here to rebuild his career, while O'Conner is also in the squad. Boasson Hagen should feature in a number of stage finishes.

    111 Louis Meintjes (RSA)
    112 Nicholas Dlamini (RSA)
    113 Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier Werkilu (Eri)
    114 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
    115 Ben King (USA)
    116 Ben O'Connor (Aus)
    117 Rasmus Fossum Tiller (Nor)
    118 Jacobus Venter (RSA)

     

  65. 18:46:58 CEST

    Ten minutes until the Vuelta a Espana begins. Here are the first three teams for today's TTT.

     

    1 Team Dimension Data 18:56:00
    2 AG2R La Mondiale 19:00:00
    3 Euskadi Basque Country - Marias 19:04:00

     

  66. 18:40:53 CEST

    The first three teams are getting ready and we can see Dimension Data riders leaving the team bus and having a few words with each other. They'll roll down the start ramp in just over 10 minutes from now. It's start to get exciting. We're at level 5 excitement. So two more than RideLondon, one less than a jam sandwich. 

     

  67. 18:36:08 CEST

    Oh and Petacchi got a two-year ban for doping (for violations in 2012 and 2013). This was all part of the fallout from Operation Aderlass. You can read about the news on Petacchi right here.

     

  68. 18:34:57 CEST

    The biggest news from this afternoon is that after five years in the sport Team Wiggins will fold at the end of this season. A gaggle of young riders have come through the ranks on that team, including Pidcock, Knox and Doull but this will be the team's final season in peloton. You can read about it here.

     

  69. 18:32:01 CEST

    We have a few race results to get through first. Cosnefroy won Tour du Limousin 2019 and you can find the results etc, right here.

     

    In Denmark De Buyst won and Larsen lead. Catch up with Denmark, right here.

     

  70. 18:27:02 CEST

    You can find our complete start list for the Vuelta, right here. It's completely up to date with all the last-minute changes.  

     

  71. 18:26:13 CEST

    It's hard to pick a favourite at this point  simply because unlike at the Tour we don't know the level of riders this late in the season. Jumbo Visma are probably the favourites given their line up but Movistar and Astana also have strong teams in the race. 

     

  72. 18:25:12 CEST

    As we said the course has some very technical sectors so the most cohesive team has a great chance of winning. You can find Alasdair Fotheringham's complete stage preview, right here.

     

  73. 18:24:06 CEST

    Here are the start times, all in CET:

    1 Team Dimension Data 18:56:00
    2 AG2R La Mondiale 19:00:00
    3 Euskadi Basque Country - Marias 19:04:00
    4 CCC Team 19:08:00
    5 Burgos - BH 19:12:00
    6 EF Education First 19:16:00
    7 Groupama - FDJ 19:20:00
    8 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 19:24:00
    9 Team Katusha Alpecin 19:28:00
    10 Team Ineos 19:32:00
    11 Cofidis, Solutions Credit 19:36:00
    12 Mitchelton-Scott 19:40:00
    13 Bahrain Merida 19:44:00
    14 Team Sunweb 19:48:00
    15 Trek-Segafredo 19:52:00
    16 Astana Pro Team 19:56:00
    17 Lotto Soudal 20:00:00
    18 UAE Team Emirates 20:04:00
    19 Bora hansgrohe 20:08:00
    20 Team Jumbo Visma 20:12:00
    21 Deceuninck QuickStep 20:16:00
    22 Movistar 20:20:00

     

  74. 18:23:30 CEST

    Hello and welcome back to our live coverage. We're back for the next three weeks and we kick things off with stage 1 of the Vuelta a Espana. Ahead of the riders is a 13.4km team time trial over a roughly flat but technical course. The first team set off in around 30 minutes from now and we'll be here throughout the stage.