Team HTC-Columbia Wins 2010 Vuelta a Espana Stage 1
Mark Cavendish takes leader's jersey in Tour of Spain 2010.
Team HTC-Columbia emerged victorious in the opening team time trial of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana, a 13 kilometer nocturnal race against the clock through the streets of Seville.
Mark Cavendish was the first HTC-Columbia rider across the line, making him the race's first leader.
HTC-Columbia was ten seconds faster than second placed Liquigas-Doimo on the completely flat course held through the centre of Seville, with the Schleck brothers and the rest of Team Saxo Bank in third and Cervelo TestTeam finishing fourth.
With a heatwave sweeping Spain, temperatures were around 86 degrees as the time trial began.
"As soon as we did the first training ride on the course on Thursday even after ten minutes on the bike we were riding so well together I had the feeling we were going to win," Cavendish commented.
"The team time trial is my favourite discipline because the whole team gets rewarded, it's special that way, and at the same time you need to get it one hundred percent right for it to work."
"My team-mates have impressed me so much that I wonder if we could have lost. After two turns, I was already killed. This is the first stage of my first Vuelta and I already have the red jersey but I only represent 10% of the win and each of my team-mate deserve to wear the jersey as well. For me, to wear the jersey doesn't change anything for stage 2 on Sunday because it should be a bunch sprint and we would have controlled the race anyway. It doesn't take me away from my real goal here, which is to win stages," Cavendish added.
Commenting on Team Saxo Bank's third place finish sports director of Team Saxo Bank told Roadcycling.com "Between km 8 and 9, we had a split in the team on a slightly false flat section. It was the hardest part of the course. Some guys were caught between turns. We lost the momentum. But everything else was spot on. It's incredible. The guys were exiting the curves together. The only thing we missed was a specific high effort training but we accepted that. We got Fränk Schleck up in good position. We rode with no pressure until the warm-up on the home trainer. Right now it's a successful day."
Team Garmin-Transitions rider and lead-out man for Tyler Farrar crashed in tonight's team time trial."Julian Dean crashed on a bike lane that was five centimetres higher than the road. He didn't see it. It happened one hour before the race during our second lap of warm-up. He has a scratch on his shoulder and bruises on his right elbow and right side. After one kilometer of racing, he was off, so we basically rode with one rider less and Julian is a very important guy in our team. Otherwise, five or six guys rode really well. David Zabriskie is strong at the moment. The team time trial is our speciality. We always want to win it. We were one of the favourites, so we can't say we're happy