Vuelta a España – Stage 1 Preview

Despite it only feeling like a matter of days since charing through our last Grand Tour, tomorrow marks the start of this year’s Vuelta a España, beginning with a Team Time Trial through the streets of Jerez.

Course

Placing a profile picture of the day’s route would be a waste of time as it is quite literally a flat line for 12.6km, though rider would be foolish to think there worries are few. Team Time Trials are notoriously stressful for a number of reasons, from the little mountain man trying to cling onto the wheel of his 58 toothed chain ring teammate to navigating complicated road layouts – the latter being tomorrow’s cause for concern.

Concentration and focus are imperative.

Concentration and focus are imperative.

An exclusively urban setting means a course which is warren like in parts, with cobbled sections and strewn with almost 20 roundabouts; to finish with all riders in unison would be a great achievement. Other than serious breakdowns or crashes amongst the trains, time gaps should be limited as the course will take between 12-14mins to complete depending on conditions.

Ones To Watch:

Movistar could be secretly targeting taking the leader’s jersey on the first day of their national tour, though OPQS will be seen as the most likely given the added ammunition of Tony Martin. Garmin-Sharp’s form at these events fluctuate wildly, however their lineup suits a Team Time Trial more so than recent attempts at winning such an attempt against the clock.

 

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