Team HTC-Columbia Wins 2010 Vuelta a Espana Stage 1

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08/28/2010| 0 comments
by AP, with additional commentary by Roadcycling.com
Mark Cavendish leads the 2010 Vuelta a Espana. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Mark Cavendish leads the 2010 Vuelta a Espana. Photo copyright Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Team HTC-Columbia Wins 2010 Vuelta a Espana Stage 1

Mark Cavendish takes leader's jersey in Tour of Spain 2010.

with sixth place but it's not too bad either." Bingen Fernandez, directeur sportif of Team Garmin-Transitions.

Mario Scirea, directeur sportif of Team Liquigas-Doimo "We've put a strong performance, considering that the guys rode with a bit of fear because of not being used to race at night time. We have so many young guys here, they have ridden really well with Roman Kreuziger, Vincenzo Nibali and Daniele Bennati who have been the drivers of the team on the road. Bennati is looking good, so we'll try and get a stage win in one of the first bunch sprints."

Cervelo TestTeam with 2008 Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre and Norwegian God of Thunder Thor Hushovd finished fourth in the team time trial. Commenting on the team's performance Carlos Sastre told Roadcycling.com "The team did very well. Everyone was motivated and focused and excited to be racing," Sastre said. "I'm here to do as well as I can in this Vuelta. I'm feeling good, the team is strong and motivated, so we'll see what happens in these next few weeks. I'm racing here in Spain, in front of my fans, so I am extra motivated as well. This Vuelta is not easy. Every day there is some little surprise for the racers."

"I was surprised at how good I felt because I haven't raced since the Tour de France," Thor Hushovd commented and added "The team was very strong today and we were all working well together. It's not every day that we get to race at night, so that made for an interesting race. We hope this is a good sign for the rest of the Vuelta for the team."

As the first rider across the line, Cavendish wears the leader's red jersey, which has been changed from gold in previous years. Cavendish said that although he got to wear the 2010 Tour of Spain leader's red jersey, "it belonged to the whole squad. I'm wearing it on behalf of the team."

Cavendish is also the leader of the points competition, whilst HTC-Columbia are the leaders of the teams classification.

Sunday's second stage of the 2010 Vuelta a Espana is 107.9 miles between Alcala de Guadaira and Marbella.

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