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Martin and Roche steady start at Vuelta

Posted 21 August 2011


Dan Martin got off to a better start than Nicolas Roche at the Vuelta á Espana after his Garmin Cervelo team finished ninth in the opening team time trial to leave him 25 seconds off the race lead.

The 13.5 kilometre opening stage along the sea front in Benidorm was won by the Leopard Trek team with world time time trial champion Fabian Cancellara helping Jakob Fuglsang to the leader’s jersey.

The team set an early unbeatable time of 16’30”. The Liquigas-Cannondale team of defending champion Vincenzo Nibali came closest but had to settle for second place at 16’34” while the HTC-Highroad team took third with a time of 16’39”.

Martin’s Garmin-Cervelo team were unable to repeat their success of winning the Tour de France team time trial finishing ninth on the day with a time of 16’55”.

The technical course caused more problems for Roche’s AG2R La Mondiale outfit who placed 19th among the 22 teams with their finishing time of 17’12” leaving the Irishman 42 seconds down.

The early time losses will cause little concern to the two riders as the race heads into the 171.5 kilometres flat second stage from La Nucia to Playas de Orihuela. The duo will aim to recover and make time on Tuesday’s first mountain stage to the summit finish at Sierra Nevada.

Results:

2011 Vuelta á Espana

1.  Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:16:30     
2.  Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek          
3.  Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek          
4.  Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek          
5.  Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek          
6.  Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:00:04     
7.  Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale          
8.  Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale          
9.  Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale          
10. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

58. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Cervelo at 25 seconds
126. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 42 seconds

Teams:

1.  Leopard Trek 0:16:30     
2.  Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:00:04     
3.  HTC-Highroad at 0:00:09     
4.  Pro Team Astana at 0:00:10     
5.  Movistar Team at 0:00:14     
6.  Quickstep Cycling Team at 0:00:15     
7.  Skil - Shimano at 0:00:18     
8.  Omega Pharma-Lotto          
9.  Team Garmin-Cervelo at 0:00:25     
10.  Katusha Team          
11.  BMC Racing Team at 0:00:27     
12.  Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:00:28     
13.  Saxo Bank Sungard          
14.  Team RadioShack at 0:00:29     
15.  Rabobank Cycling Team at 0:00:30     
16.  Lampre - ISD at 0:00:32     
17.  Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne at 0:00:33     
18.  Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team at 0:00:39     
19.  AG2R La Mondiale at 0:00:42     
20.  Sky Procycling          
21.  Geox-TMC at 0:00:43     
22.  Andalucia Caja Granada at 0:01:03     

General classification after stage 1:

1.  Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek at 0:16:30     
2.  Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Leopard Trek          
3.  Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek          
4.  Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek          
5.  Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek          
6.  Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 0:00:04     
7.  Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale          
8.  Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale          
9.  Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale          
10.  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale

58. Dan Martin (Irl) Garmin Cervelo at 25 seconds
126. Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 42 seconds

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