The Wolfpack enjoys a solid start at La Vuelta

The Wolfpack enjoys a solid start at La Vuelta

For just the fourth time in its history, the Vuelta a España got underway from outside of Spain, as the Netherlands hosted the start of this 77th edition. A fast and flat 23.3km team time trial held around Utrecht kick off proceedings at the last Grand Tour of the season, which Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl tackled with a squad consisting of Julian Alaphilippe, Rémi Cavagna, Dries Devenyns, Remco Evenepoel, Fausto Masnada, Pieter Serry, Ilan Van Wilder and Louis Vervaeke.

The third-to-last squad to roll down the ramp Friday evening, the Wolfpack produced a fine collective effort, going fastest through the first intermediate checkpoint before setting the second-best provisional time on the finish line, less than a second separating us from the hot seat. Eventually, the team concluded in third place, a result that only added to our riders’ confidence for the next three weeks.

“We did a very good time trial today. The guys did a fine job out there, had a solid tempo during the stage and we can be content with their strong ride and this podium. Now we’ll stick to the plan, which is to take it day by day and see how things go”, said Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl sports director Davide Bramati.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Robert Gesink
Jumbo-Visma
24:40
2 Primož Roglič
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
3 Chris Harper
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
4 Sepp Kuss
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
5 Rohan Dennis
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
6 Edoardo Affini
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
7 Sam Oomen
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
8 Mike Teunissen
Jumbo-Visma
0:00
9 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
10 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
16 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
17 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
18 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
19 Julian Alaphilippe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
20 Rémi Cavagna
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:14
21 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:18
138 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:36
139 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:36
1 Ethan Hayter
INEOS Grenadiers
24:53
2 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
3 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
4 Luke Plapp
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
5 Remco Evenepoel
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:01
6 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:01
7 Kelland O'Brien
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:18
8 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:18
9 Brandon McNulty
UAE Team Emirates
0:20
10 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:20
1 Jumbo-Visma 24:40
2 INEOS Grenadiers 0:13
3 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:14
4 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 0:31
5 UAE Team Emirates 0:33
6 Groupama - FDJ 0:38
7 BORA - hansgrohe 0:41
8 Trek - Segafredo 0:42
9 Bahrain - Victorious 0:42
10 Movistar Team 0:43

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