A 13.7 km team time trial inside the city of Nimes, opened today the three weeks Spanish stage race.
Our guys ended today stage in 16th position at 41 seconds from the winners.
The strongest team has been the BMC Racing Team, that concluded the race in the time of 15:58 and the Leader Jersey is weared tonight by the Australian Rohan Dennis, in reason of the fact that he crossed the finish line as first of his team.
The first classified of the Astana Pro Team is Luis Leon Sanchez, with the same time of Fabio Aru, Miguel Angel Lopez, Alexey Lutsenko and Sergei Chernetckii.
“We have lost several seconds more than what we thought about before the stage – said the Sport Director Bruno Cenghialta – actually, we have had also a puncture at half race for Bilbao that, for sure, didn’t help… but the most important aspect of today team time trial was not to fall and so risk to waste the rest of the Vuelta: all of our riders arrived safe at the end of the stage and the Vuelta has just started.”
Tomorrow, second stage of La Vuelta 2017, from Nîmes to Gruissand, Gran Narbonne, Aude: 203.4 km entirely flat with the big unknown of the wind that could blow strong when the race will go on the sea cost, more or less at the middle of the stage.