Wiggo no go well in Vuelta. Fugslang very red.

Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard-Trek) is a happy man in the red jersey of Vuelta leader. Igor Anton of the Men of Orange got his Vuelta off to a flying start. Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali and Liquigas put in a superb ride to put time into all his GC rivals.

The big losers? Bradley Wiggins (Sky), Giro runner-up Michele Scarponi and Denis Menchov (Geox) all lost more than 30 seconds to Fuglsang — and that also means significant losses to Nibali.

The 13.5km team time trial along the Benidorm beachfront made for a thrilling launch of this year’s Helta Skelta Vuelta. Fuglsang’s Leopards, led by Fabian Cancellara, scorched the course in a time of 16:35, five seconds ahead of HTC-Highroad.

“The course today had everything – there was a hard start and it was technical,” said Fugslang. “You had to be careful not to blow up the whole team and not to crash.”

The Danish rider didn’t expect to cross the line first or finish the day on a podium with two hot Spanish babes. “We didn’t talk about it at the start; the goal today was to do a good team time trial,” he said. “We knew we could win if we rode at our maximum and we’d have a chance. I went as hard as I could and thought that someone would pass me at the end but they didn’t.”

Hola senoritas!

Technical was the word of the day and you could tell by the crashes and drops. Team Sky went down to just four riders before Xavier Zandio managed to catch back on. Nick Nuyens (Saxo Bank) and Davide Viganò (Leopard-Trek) crashed and Janez Brajkovic had an unfortunate mechanical which knocked Radio Shack back to 14th place.

Sports Director Steven de Jongh said on the Team Sky website that “It was a really tough start.” It was certainly ugly and dispiritng for a team with high hopes.  “We lost Kurt after a kilometre. He came down and so did Zandio. A rider sat up and didn’t really understand what was going on. It was tough to hear on the radio with the public shouting so it was a difficult situation,” said De Jongh. “So we are disappointed with the start but we have to look beyond that.”

Even the start ramp seemed to present a technical challenge with riders who seemed nervous right from the start. Lampre-ISD’s Marco Marzano had a rear wheel mechanical on the way down the ramp.

Fugslang simply did what the Brothers Schleck aways do in the first ten days of the Tour de France. Just follow that super fast and strong guy, Fabian Cancellara. Do that and good things happen.

Result
1 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:16:30
2 Fabian Cancellara (SSwi Leopard Trek
3 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek
4 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek
5 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek
6 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:04
7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
8 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
9 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
11 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:00:07
12 Bert Grabsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:00:09
13 Martin Velits (Svk) HTC-Highroad
14 Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad
15 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad
16 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad
17 Leigh Howard (Aus) HTC-Highroad
18 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Lampre – ISD 0:00:10
19 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana
20 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana
21 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana
22 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Pro Team Astana
23 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana
24 Tanel Kangert (Est) Pro Team Astana
25 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:14
26 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
27 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team
28 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team
29 Beñat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team
30 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team
31 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team
32 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team
33 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:15
34 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team
35 Marc De Maar (AHo) Quickstep Cycling Team
36 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
37 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
38 Kevin De Weert (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
39 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
40 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:18
41 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil – Shimano
42 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) Skil – Shimano
43 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil – Shimano
44 Tom Veelers (Ned) Skil – Shimano
45 Koen De Kort (Ned) Skil – Shimano
46 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil – Shimano
47 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil – Shimano
48 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
49 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
50 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
51 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto
52 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
53 Nikolas Maes (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:19
54 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:00:20
55 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:25
56 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo
57 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
58 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo
59 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo
60 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo
61 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team
62 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
63 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
64 Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team
65 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team
66 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:27
67 Karsten Kroon (Ned) BMC Racing Team
68 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team
69 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
70 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team
71 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
72 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team
73 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team
74 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:28
75 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
76 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
77 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
78 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
79 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
80 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
81 Mads Christensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
82 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
83 Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard
84 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
85 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank Sungard
86 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:00:29
87 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team RadioShack
88 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team RadioShack
89 Nelson Oliveira (Spa) Team RadioShack
90 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
91 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack
92 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team RadioShack
93 Matthew Busche (USA) Team RadioShack
94 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack
95 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:30
96 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
97 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
98 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team
99 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
100 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
101 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:00:32
102 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre – ISD
103 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre – ISD
104 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre – ISD
105 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa) Lampre – ISD
106 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
107 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:33
108 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
109 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
110 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
111 Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
112 Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:34
113 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:35
114 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
115 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil – Shimano 0:00:38
116 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:39
117 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
118 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
119 Santo Anza (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
120 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
121 Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
122 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
123 Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:41
124 David Lelay (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:42
125 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
126 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
127 Dimitri Champion (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
128 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
129 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
130 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling
131 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling
132 Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky Procycling
133 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
134 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling
135 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Team Garmin-Cervelo
136 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:00:43
137 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC
138 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Geox-TMC
139 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC
140 David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC
141 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC
142 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Geox-TMC
143 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMC
144 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC
145 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:44
146 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
147 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
148 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:00:49
149 Jaroslaw Marycz (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:52
150 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 0:01:03
151 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
152 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
153 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
154 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
155 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
156 José Luis Roldan Carmona (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
157 Antonio Cabello Baena (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
158 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada
159 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:01:05
160 Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Procycling
161 Roy Curvers (Ned) Skil – Shimano 0:01:09
162 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:11
163 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:16
164 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
165 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:19
166 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:01:23
167 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:24
168 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:01:25
169 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Katusha Team 0:01:32
170 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team 0:01:33
171 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team
172 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team
173 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:01:35
174 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
175 Andreas Klier (Ger) Team Garmin-Cervelo
176 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:01:36
177 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:54
178 Andrew Talansky (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:55
179 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:04
180 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
181 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling 0:02:11
182 Robert Wagner (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:02:12
183 Stuart O’Grady (Aus) Leopard Trek
184 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:20
185 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:21
186 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:23
187 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:02:33
188 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Procycling
189 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:34
190 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 0:02:45
191 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:02:46
192 Matthew Goss (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:02:54
193 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:55
194 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:05
195 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:03:21
196 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
197 Nick Nuyens (Bel) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:03:30
198 José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa) Movistar Team
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