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2018 Vuelta a España

STAGE 1: Malaga to Malaga

August 25, 2018

La Vuelta will commence with an individual time trial for the first time in nine years. Its route, featuring a small hill will, in theory, only serve to name the first leader of the general classification. Differences will be minimal between the 176 riders that will start the race in Malaga.

Vuelta Stage 1: Dennis wins stage and takes overall lead

Rohan Dennis torched the 8km course to win the opening stage of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Rohan Dennis (BMC) won the opening stage of the Vuelta a España on Saturday in the ancient city of Malaga. The Australian bested Sky’s Michael Kwiatkowski and Lotto Soudal’s Victor Campenaerts in the 8-kilometer individual time trial to take the top spot on the podium and overall race lead.

After the stage, Dennis said the key to his win was going all out to get to the top of the course’s 1km-long climb and limiting losses on the descent back to the finish line.

“I knew the race finished at the top of the hill and you can’t take any time from there. You might lose one or two seconds, but that’s it. I thought, just go all-in to the top.”

Sky’s Dylan van Baarle nabbed the early lead and held onto the hot seat until Movistar’s Nelson Oliveira came through to three seconds faster. However, Oliveira’s lead was short-lived, as Kwiatkowski scorched the course to finish 11-seconds up on the Portuguese rider.

While Kwiatkowski’s time looked good enough to win him the stage and the early race lead, Dennis put in the ride of the day to beat the Sky rider by a relatively large margin of 6-seconds.

With most of the big pre-race favorites finishing between 10:09 and 10:30 on the stage, the race for the red jersey is still wide open.

The stage win means Dennis adds stage wins and race leader honors in all three grand tours to his palmares. However, if he wants to hold onto his race lead, he will be forced to defend his jersey on the short, but fast finishing climb at the finale of tomorrow’s stage two.

La Vuelta ciclista a España Individual Time Trial Results

RankNameTeamTime
1DENNIS RohanBMC Racing Team9:39
2KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky0:06
3CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal0:07
4OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team0:17
5VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky0:20
6DE MARCHI AlessandroBMC Racing Team0:21
7CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky,,
8GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb ,,
9IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team0:22
10KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb ,,
11TEUNS DylanBMC Racing Team,,
12FELLINE FabioTrek - Segafredo,,
13THOMAS BenjaminGroupama - FDJ0:23
14AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team,,
15BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team,,
16VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team0:24
17IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
18GEOGHEGAN HART TaoTeam Sky,,
19LANGEVELD SebastianTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:25
20MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo0:27
21ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team0:28
22HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott,,
23TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,
24KING BenTeam Dimension Data0:29
25BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe,,
26WALLAYS JelleLotto Soudal,,
27DE PLUS LaurensQuick-Step Floors,,
28KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
29CUMMINGS SteveTeam Dimension Data,,
30YATES SimonMitchelton-Scott,,
31GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale0:30
32EDMONDSON AlexMitchelton-Scott,,
33BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team,,
34QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team,,
35ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
36BRÄNDLE MatthiasTrek - Segafredo0:31
37ASGREEN KasperQuick-Step Floors,,
38SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,
39BOOM LarsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:33
40MAS EnricQuick-Step Floors0:34
41MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe,,
42PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe,,
43ROCHE NicolasBMC Racing Team0:35
44LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team,,
45ANACONA WinnerMovistar Team,,
46DEVENYNS DriesQuick-Step Floors,,
47GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data,,
48CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates,,
49VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ0:36
50PADUN MarkBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
51HOLLENSTEIN RetoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
52BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo0:38
53IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo,,
54PREIDLER GeorgGroupama - FDJ,,
55ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott,,
56GENIEZ AlexandreAG2R La Mondiale,,
57MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates,,
58SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,
59ARU FabioUAE-Team Emirates0:39
60CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:40
61GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data,,
62MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ,,
63PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ,,
64YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott,,
65NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
66MAS LluísCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,
67VENTOSO Francisco JoséBMC Racing Team0:41
68SERRY PieterQuick-Step Floors,,
69GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R La Mondiale0:42
70BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal,,
71BENNETT GeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
72LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates,,
73ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
74MONFORT MaximeLotto Soudal,,
75VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,
76WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb ,,
77VAN POPPEL DannyTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
78VIVIANI EliaQuick-Step Floors0:43
79ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team0:44
80URÁN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:45
81DE LA CRUZ DavidTeam Sky,,
82DOCKER MitchellTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
83BYSTRØM Sven ErikUAE-Team Emirates0:46
84HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
85CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo0:47
86HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott,,
87MACHADO TiagoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
88CARAPAZ RichardMovistar Team0:48
89MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe,,
90DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal0:49
91RAVASI EdwardUAE-Team Emirates,,
92TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Sunweb ,,
93TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott,,
94SÁEZ HéctorEuskadi - Murias 0:50
95VAN ASBROECK TomTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
96MORENO DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
97PORTE RichieBMC Racing Team0:51
98HENAO SergioTeam Sky,,
99CATALDO DarioAstana Pro Team,,
100ANTÓN IgorTeam Dimension Data,,
101GARCÍA IvánBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
102HINDLEY JaiTeam Sunweb 0:52
103FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe0:53
104STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team,,
105LAMMERTINK MauritsTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
106LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal0:54
107PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky,,
108BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team,,
109RESTREPO JhonatanTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
110KUDUS MerhawiTeam Dimension Data0:55
111DE TIER FlorisTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
112CONSONNI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates0:56
113MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data0:57
114EZQUERRA JesúsBurgos-BH ,,
115PETILLI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates,,
116RUBIO DiegoBurgos-BH 0:58
117RODRÍGUEZ ÓscarEuskadi - Murias ,,
118PRADES EduardEuskadi - Murias ,,
119STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb 0:59
120PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
121DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale,,
122WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
123MØRKØV MichaelQuick-Step Floors,,
124MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,
125ZEITS AndreyAstana Pro Team1:00
126DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ,,
127ARANBURU AlexCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:01
128ROSSETTO StéphaneCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
129PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:02
130BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
131LEEZER TomTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
132GASTAUER BenAG2R La Mondiale,,
133REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo,,
134MOLINA AntonioCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:03
135FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb ,,
136BOL JetseBurgos-BH 1:04
137DUPONT HubertAG2R La Mondiale,,
138MENDES JoséBurgos-BH ,,
139FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team,,
140ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal1:05
141PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale,,
142VAN ZYL JohannTeam Dimension Data,,
143SOTO Nelson AndrésCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:06
144CHEREL MickaëlAG2R La Mondiale,,
145VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal1:07
146PIBERNIK LukaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
147CUBERO JorgeBurgos-BH ,,
148SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ,,
149LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
150SCHULTZ NickCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,
151KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:08
152MATÉ Luis ÁngelCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:09
153SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe1:10
154BAGÜES AritzEuskadi - Murias ,,
155SABATINI FabioQuick-Step Floors,,
156LASTRA JonathanCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:11
157BRAVO GarikoitzEuskadi - Murias ,,
158TORRES PabloBurgos-BH 1:12
159DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ,,
160NIZZOLO GiacomoTrek - Segafredo1:13
161HERRADA JoséCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
162VANBILSEN KennethCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:14
163CHETOUT LoïcCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:15
164RODRÍGUEZ CristiánCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,
165BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe,,
166LE TURNIER MathiasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:16
167BIZKARRA MikelEuskadi - Murias ,,
168ITURRIA MikelEuskadi - Murias ,,
169KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:17
170GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:18
171PARDILLA SergioCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:20
172SIMÓN JordiBurgos-BH 1:23
173BOUHANNI NacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:34
174HIRT JanAstana Pro Team,,
175ABERASTURI JonEuskadi - Murias 1:38
176CABEDO ÓscarBurgos-BH 1:42
RankNameTeamTime
1DENNIS RohanBMC Racing Team9:39
2KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky0:06
3CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal0:07
4OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team0:17
5VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky0:20
6DE MARCHI AlessandroBMC Racing Team0:21
7CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky,,
8GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb ,,
9IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team0:22
10KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb ,,
11TEUNS DylanBMC Racing Team,,
12FELLINE FabioTrek - Segafredo,,
13THOMAS BenjaminGroupama - FDJ0:23
14AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team,,
15BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team,,
16VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team0:24
17IZAGIRRE GorkaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
18GEOGHEGAN HART TaoTeam Sky,,
19LANGEVELD SebastianTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:25
20MOLLEMA BaukeTrek - Segafredo0:27
21ROSSKOPF JoeyBMC Racing Team0:28
22HOWSON DamienMitchelton-Scott,,
23TUSVELD MartijnTeam Sunweb ,,
24KING BenTeam Dimension Data0:29
25BUCHMANN EmanuelBORA - hansgrohe,,
26WALLAYS JelleLotto Soudal,,
27DE PLUS LaurensQuick-Step Floors,,
28KRUIJSWIJK StevenTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
29CUMMINGS SteveTeam Dimension Data,,
30YATES SimonMitchelton-Scott,,
31GALLOPIN TonyAG2R La Mondiale0:30
32EDMONDSON AlexMitchelton-Scott,,
33BILBAO PelloAstana Pro Team,,
34QUINTANA NairoMovistar Team,,
35ZAKARIN IlnurTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
36BRÄNDLE MatthiasTrek - Segafredo0:31
37ASGREEN KasperQuick-Step Floors,,
38SIVAKOV PavelTeam Sky,,
39BOOM LarsTeam LottoNL-Jumbo0:33
40MAS EnricQuick-Step Floors0:34
41MAJKA RafałBORA - hansgrohe,,
42PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe,,
43ROCHE NicolasBMC Racing Team0:35
44LÓPEZ Miguel ÁngelAstana Pro Team,,
45ANACONA WinnerMovistar Team,,
46DEVENYNS DriesQuick-Step Floors,,
47GIBBONS RyanTeam Dimension Data,,
48CONTI ValerioUAE-Team Emirates,,
49VINCENT LéoGroupama - FDJ0:36
50PADUN MarkBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
51HOLLENSTEIN RetoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
52BRAMBILLA GianlucaTrek - Segafredo0:38
53IRIZAR MarkelTrek - Segafredo,,
54PREIDLER GeorgGroupama - FDJ,,
55ALBASINI MichaelMitchelton-Scott,,
56GENIEZ AlexandreAG2R La Mondiale,,
57MARTIN DanUAE-Team Emirates,,
58SAGAN PeterBORA - hansgrohe,,
59ARU FabioUAE-Team Emirates0:39
60CLARKE SimonTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:40
61GHEBREIGZABHIER AmanuelTeam Dimension Data,,
62MOLARD RudyGroupama - FDJ,,
63PINOT ThibautGroupama - FDJ,,
64YATES AdamMitchelton-Scott,,
65NIBALI VincenzoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
66MAS LluísCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,
67VENTOSO Francisco JoséBMC Racing Team0:41
68SERRY PieterQuick-Step Floors,,
69GOUGEARD AlexisAG2R La Mondiale0:42
70BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal,,
71BENNETT GeorgeTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
72LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates,,
73ROLLAND PierreTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
74MONFORT MaximeLotto Soudal,,
75VILLELLA DavideAstana Pro Team,,
76WALSCHEID MaxTeam Sunweb ,,
77VAN POPPEL DannyTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
78VIVIANI EliaQuick-Step Floors0:43
79ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team0:44
80URÁN RigobertoTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:45
81DE LA CRUZ DavidTeam Sky,,
82DOCKER MitchellTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
83BYSTRØM Sven ErikUAE-Team Emirates0:46
84HERRADA JesúsCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
85CONCI NicolaTrek - Segafredo0:47
86HAIG JackMitchelton-Scott,,
87MACHADO TiagoTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
88CARAPAZ RichardMovistar Team0:48
89MCCARTHY JayBORA - hansgrohe,,
90DE GENDT ThomasLotto Soudal0:49
91RAVASI EdwardUAE-Team Emirates,,
92TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Sunweb ,,
93TRENTIN MatteoMitchelton-Scott,,
94SÁEZ HéctorEuskadi - Murias 0:50
95VAN ASBROECK TomTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
96MORENO DanielTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
97PORTE RichieBMC Racing Team0:51
98HENAO SergioTeam Sky,,
99CATALDO DarioAstana Pro Team,,
100ANTÓN IgorTeam Dimension Data,,
101GARCÍA IvánBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
102HINDLEY JaiTeam Sunweb 0:52
103FORMOLO DavideBORA - hansgrohe0:53
104STALNOV NikitaAstana Pro Team,,
105LAMMERTINK MauritsTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
106LAMBRECHT BjorgLotto Soudal0:54
107PUCCIO SalvatoreTeam Sky,,
108BENNATI DanieleMovistar Team,,
109RESTREPO JhonatanTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
110KUDUS MerhawiTeam Dimension Data0:55
111DE TIER FlorisTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
112CONSONNI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates0:56
113MEINTJES LouisTeam Dimension Data0:57
114EZQUERRA JesúsBurgos-BH ,,
115PETILLI SimoneUAE-Team Emirates,,
116RUBIO DiegoBurgos-BH 0:58
117RODRÍGUEZ ÓscarEuskadi - Murias ,,
118PRADES EduardEuskadi - Murias ,,
119STORER MichaelTeam Sunweb 0:59
120PERNSTEINER HermannBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
121DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale,,
122WOODS MichaelTeam EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale,,
123MØRKØV MichaelQuick-Step Floors,,
124MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott,,
125ZEITS AndreyAstana Pro Team1:00
126DUCHESNE AntoineGroupama - FDJ,,
127ARANBURU AlexCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:01
128ROSSETTO StéphaneCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
129PELLIZOTTI FrancoBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team1:02
130BOSWELL IanTeam Katusha - Alpecin,,
131LEEZER TomTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
132GASTAUER BenAG2R La Mondiale,,
133REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo,,
134MOLINA AntonioCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:03
135FRÖHLINGER JohannesTeam Sunweb ,,
136BOL JetseBurgos-BH 1:04
137DUPONT HubertAG2R La Mondiale,,
138MENDES JoséBurgos-BH ,,
139FRAILE OmarAstana Pro Team,,
140ARMÉE SanderLotto Soudal1:05
141PETERS NansAG2R La Mondiale,,
142VAN ZYL JohannTeam Dimension Data,,
143SOTO Nelson AndrésCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:06
144CHEREL MickaëlAG2R La Mondiale,,
145VAN DER SANDE ToshLotto Soudal1:07
146PIBERNIK LukaBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team,,
147CUBERO JorgeBurgos-BH ,,
148SARREAU MarcGroupama - FDJ,,
149LINDEMAN Bert-JanTeam LottoNL-Jumbo,,
150SCHULTZ NickCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,
151KOCHETKOV PavelTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:08
152MATÉ Luis ÁngelCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:09
153SCHWARZMANN MichaelBORA - hansgrohe1:10
154BAGÜES AritzEuskadi - Murias ,,
155SABATINI FabioQuick-Step Floors,,
156LASTRA JonathanCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:11
157BRAVO GarikoitzEuskadi - Murias ,,
158TORRES PabloBurgos-BH 1:12
159DELAGE MickaëlGroupama - FDJ,,
160NIZZOLO GiacomoTrek - Segafredo1:13
161HERRADA JoséCofidis, Solutions Crédits,,
162VANBILSEN KennethCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:14
163CHETOUT LoïcCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:15
164RODRÍGUEZ CristiánCaja Rural - Seguros RGA,,
165BURGHARDT MarcusBORA - hansgrohe,,
166LE TURNIER MathiasCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:16
167BIZKARRA MikelEuskadi - Murias ,,
168ITURRIA MikelEuskadi - Murias ,,
169KUSS SeppTeam LottoNL-Jumbo1:17
170GONÇALVES JoséTeam Katusha - Alpecin1:18
171PARDILLA SergioCaja Rural - Seguros RGA1:20
172SIMÓN JordiBurgos-BH 1:23
173BOUHANNI NacerCofidis, Solutions Crédits1:34
174HIRT JanAstana Pro Team,,
175ABERASTURI JonEuskadi - Murias 1:38
176CABEDO ÓscarBurgos-BH 1:42
RankNameTeamPoints
1DENNIS RohanBMC Racing Team25
2KWIATKOWSKI MichałTeam Sky20
3CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal16
4OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team14
5VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky12
6DE MARCHI AlessandroBMC Racing Team10
7CASTROVIEJO JonathanTeam Sky9
8GESCHKE SimonTeam Sunweb 8
9IZAGIRRE IonBahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team7
10KELDERMAN WilcoTeam Sunweb 6
11TEUNS DylanBMC Racing Team5
12FELLINE FabioTrek - Segafredo4
13THOMAS BenjaminGroupama - FDJ3
14AMADOR AndreyMovistar Team2
15BOOKWALTER BrentBMC Racing Team1
RankNameTime
1BMC Racing Team29:40
2Team Sky0:04
3Movistar Team0:21
4Team Sunweb 0:28
5Lotto Soudal0:35
6Trek - Segafredo0:37
7Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team0:39
8Mitchelton-Scott0:44
9Team Dimension Data0:50
10Quick-Step Floors0:51
11BORA - hansgrohe0:54
12Groupama - FDJ,,
13Team LottoNL-Jumbo1:01
14Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale1:04
15Astana Pro Team,,
16AG2R La Mondiale1:07
17UAE-Team Emirates1:09
18Team Katusha - Alpecin1:10
19Caja Rural - Seguros RGA2:01
20Euskadi - Murias 2:03
21Cofidis, Solutions Crédits2:13
22Burgos-BH 2:16

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

Dylan Van Baarle put in an impressive showing to set the fastest early time over the 8km course. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

 

Waterfront views were plentiful out on course. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

 

Nelson Oliveira briefly held the fastest time over the 8km TT course. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

 

Spanish TT champion Jonathan Castroviejo put in a strong ride to challenge for the stage win. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

 

Simon Yates put in a strong showing in one of his first races since the Giro d’Italia. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

 

Peter Sagan sported his rarely seen standard Bora team kit. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

 

Nairo Quintana put in a strong ride to limit his losses. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

 

Vincenzo Nibali made his first return to racing following a broken vertebra at the Tour de France. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

 

Rohan Dennis torched the 8km course to win the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espana. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

 

Rohan Dennis hit the corners fast while the sun set over the Mediterranean. Photo: Michael Steele/Getty Images

 

Rohan Dennis celebrated the stage win and his overall race leader on the podium. Photo: Tim de Waele/Getty Images