PezCycling News - What's Cool In Road Cycling : Al Roadside: La VUELTA’19 Stage 1 Photo and Video Gallery

Al Roadside: La VUELTA’19 Stage 1 Photo and Video Gallery
Vuelta Stage 1 PeloPics: Vuelta a España time, so our PEZman in Spain, Alastair Hamilton, dusted off his camera for a few days on the Spanish Grand Tour. First up: the stage 1 team time trial in Torrevieja with its back-drop of salt mountains and leaking paddling pools.

You can see the 'PEZ Vuelta Stage 1 Report' HERE and more in 'EUROTRASH Monday' HERE.


After a two hour drive we were greeted by the strange sight of mountains of salt... Lots of salt


Amongst the team trucks Jumbo-Visma were getting the tyre pressure right - They didn't know there would be water from a burst paddling pool on the course


Deceuninck - Quick-Step had circled the wagons


Bahrain-Merida had their personalised mats waiting for their riders


Ineos had their mobile fans - The air type not spectators


EF Education First were having a good look at the route


Lotto Soudal warm up in 35ºC


Don't walk on the salt!


The VIP area was busy


That's not snow - Yes, salt


It was good to catch-up with Martin Williamson and Ed Hood - Thanks to Ed for the photo


Astana were one of the last teams to check out the course


If you didn't know, we were in Torrevieja


AG2R-La Mondiale - 17th place, not great for a WorldTour team


Groupama-FDJ on their way to the start


CCC: 6th at 15 seconds


Fourth place for EF Education First at only 7 seconds


Groupama-FDJ would be happy with their 8th place in the same time as Movistar


19th for Cofidis


Mitchelton-Scott - 9th


12th for Bahrain-Merida at 0:26


Sunweb finished at 0:05 in 3rd place and set the scene for Nico Roche to take the overall lead on stage 2


Astana put in the best ride of the day with a time of 14:51. It could have been a different result if Jumbo-Visma hadn't crashed and Deceuninck - Quick-Step were not delayed by a team car


The Kazahk team rode a close time trial


Lotto Soudal beat Ineos for 10th place


UAE Team Emirates also crashed to finish second last


Bora-Hansgrohe were a little untidy - but 5th at 0:13 was very reasonable


Not a good day for the Dutch team - Crash and 18th team at 0:40


Jumbo-Visma's Sepp Kuss was in mechanical trouble in the first kilometres


Deceuninck - Quick-Step came close - 2 seconds down


Movistar wanted to win - 7th place for Movistar at 16 seconds must have been a disappointment


The biggest shout was for Movistar and World champion Alejandro Valverde

Stage win for Astana and 'Superman' Miguel Angel Lopez took the overall lead and all the other competition jerseys.

# Stage 2 up soon. #

 


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