Stage 1: Sevilla — Sevilla
What is it? Team time trial. At night!
Got Climbs? Nope.
Red Jersey Battle: Not really, though certainly, it's a nice prize to take the first leader's jersey of a grand tour.
Ideal Rider: The big teams tend to thrive in the team time trials, so watch for Caisse d'Epargne, Liquigas, and Saxo Bank as the favorites. Garmin-Transitions loves the team crono, and is always in with a chance.
@Gavia: Glow in the dark skinsuits. Could someone... please?
It's a short, flat dash around Sevilla for this opening stage of the Vuelta a España. The organizers have kept the spectacle high, by staging this team time trial at night, but the sporting significance remains relatively low. The team trial covers just 13 kilometers, which should keep the time gaps reasonable even for the teams who are not specialists in this particular discipline. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Vuelta a España. No place better than Sevilla to start the celebrations.
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