Chris Froome upbeat after putting time into Vuelta a España rivals in opening team time trial

Team Sky rider the best-place of the GC contenders after opening salvo

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

While BMC Racing once again showed their team time trial pedigree by securing victory on the Vuelta a España’s opening stage in Nîmes, their success putting Rohan Dennis in the red leader’s jersey, the longer-term battle to carry that jersey into Madrid in three weeks immediately swung Chris Froome’s way as he gained time on all of his main GC rivals.

Sky finished fourth, nine seconds behind BMC and three behind Quick-Step and Sunweb, but the gaps behind them were much more significant.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.