With mostly flat profile and not so many corners this stage was quite perfect for real TT specialists. For Astana Pro Team it was a moment to do a good start into the race and not to lose much time to other GC favorites.
- I think, we can be happy with this day. We passed it like we planned. Both, Pello Bilbao and Miguel Angel Lopez did a very strong TT and finished more or less with the same time as most of the favorites or even better. It was a good start for us and we are happy that the race finally began, - said sports director Dmitri Sedoun.
The Australian Champion Rohan Dennis was one of the favorites for today’s first stage and, finally, he became the winner in Malaga passing 8 km in 9 minutes and 39 seconds. Pello Bilbao was the best Astana Team performer, 30 seconds behind the stage winner. Miguel Angel Lopez lost today 35 seconds.
The Vuelta a España will continue tomorrow with the second stage from Marbella to the top of the third category climb Caminito del Rey, 163,5 km.
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