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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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