Vuelta 2019 Favourites stage 1: TTT with red lining
The opener of La Vuelta is a flat team time trial of 13,4 kilometres. The race is all the more interesting as the battle for the first red jersey is raging in the background. (Slideshow route/profile)
Arguably, Jumbo-Visma is the team to beat, as their 2019 credentials are impressive. With a dominant performance on the team time trial of the Tour de France, the Dutch squad took victory 20 seconds ahead of Team Ineos and 21 up on Deceuninck-QuickStep. And in February they won the UAE Tour chrono race for teams ahead of Team Sunweb and Bahrain-Merida. The route of that last test was similar to the opener of the Vuelta.
Mitchelton-Scott is the only team to outperform Jumbo-Visma in 2019. The Australians were on song at the Tirreno-Adriatico and they bested Jumbo-Visma by 7 seconds.
Favourites 1st stage 2019 Vuelta a España
** Deceuninck-QuickStep, EF Education First
* Team Sunweb, Movistar, Team Ineos, Mitchelton-Scott
Take a look at the route of the 1st stage of La Vuelta.
Vuelta a España 2019 stage 1: route, profile, finale
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