The Astana group – primarily based in Kazakhstan – has 8 Grand Excursion ultimate victories

Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez led the Astana group to the primary crimson jersey of the Vuelta a Espana in a dramatic opening group time trial.

Favourites Jumbo-Visma continued a nightmare begin to the overall Grand Excursion of the season when 4 riders from the eight-man group got here off their motorcycles.

Six Astana riders completed in a time of 14 mins and 51 seconds.

Jumbo-Visma regrouped to scale back their deficit to 40 seconds on the finish of the 13.4km race in opposition to the clock.

Dutch group Jumbo-Visma stated its riders crashed on account of water at the street – however none had suffered critical accidents.

“There used to be some water at the street in one of the most bends,” carrying director Addy Engels printed after Saturday’s level.

“We could not react rapid sufficient on complete velocity and 4 of our riders crashed. Our function stays the similar. We stay preventing.”

Belgian group Deceuninck – Fast-Step completed two seconds at the back of Astana, with Sunweb, from Germany, in 3rd.

Britain’s Group Ineos, with out Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal, got here 11th, 26 seconds adrift of the leaders.

Sunday’s 2d level is a 199km journey from Benidorm to Calpe.

Degree 1 outcome:

1. Astana 14minutes 51secs

2. Deceuninck – Fast-Step +2secs

3. Sunweb +5secs

4. EF Schooling First +7secs

5. Bora-Hansgrohe +13secs

6. CCC +15secs

7. Movistar +16secs

8. Groupama-FDJ Similar time

9. Mitchelton-Scott +18secs

10. Lotto Soudal +19secs

Common classification:

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) 14minutes 51secs

2. Dario Cataldo (Ita/Astana) Similar time

3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana)

4. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa/Astana)

5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa/Astana)

6. Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa/Astana)

7. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Deceuninck – Fast-Step) +2secs

8. Fabio Jakobsen (Ned/Deceuninck – Fast-Step) Similar time

9. Zdenek Stybar (Cze/Deceuninck – Fast-Step)

10. Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg/Deceuninck – Fast-Step)

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