Aug 26, 2023 at 8:52 PM Update: 7 hours ago
The team time trial on the first day of the Vuelta a España has ended in a water ballet. Jumbo-Visma lost a lot of time partly due to bad luck, while the young Italian Lorenzo Milesi surprisingly captured the red leader’s jersey in the pouring rain.
It was already raining heavily at the start of the 15-kilometer team time trial in Barcelona. As the evening progressed, the weather grew worse and the sky pitch dark. In the end it came in buckets from heaven.
Team dsm-firmenich completed the team time trial at the beginning of the evening and recorded a time of 17.30. Eventually all other formations bit themselves to pieces. Milesi was the first of dsm-firmenich to cross the finish line and thus received the first red leader’s jersey of this Vuelta.
The 21-year-old Italian is a talent and recently became world champion in the U23 time trial. Still, its leading position is extremely surprising.
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Movistar comes close, flat tire Vingegaard
Movistar came close to dsm-firmenich’s time, but lost a few tenths. Soudal Quick-Step of Remco Evenepoel was six seconds slower than the winning team. Top favorite INEOS Grenadiers of Thymen Arensman lost twenty seconds.
The Jumbo-Visma of leaders Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic received a blow to the ears. The yellow-black formation took no risks on the slippery roads and – partly due to a flat tire from Vingegaard – added 32 seconds to dsm-firmenich, which also runs under a Dutch license.
The Vuelta lasts three weeks. On Sunday, a largely flat ride is on the program, with a vicious climb in the final. The riders will already dive into the high mountains on Monday.
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