The Vuelta a España team time trial course looks a little treacherous

The Vuelta a España team time trial on stage one features sand, a new boardwalk and a finish on the beach

Looking at the profile of the opening team time trial at the Vuelta a España you'd think it would be a walk in the park for a professional rider - pan flat and only 7.4km in length.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.