Strava stats reveal the power from Chris Froome, Sepp Kuss and Richard Carapaz after explosive stage one of the Vuelta a España 2020

The GC race kicked off with a bang in Spain - here’s a look inside some of the performances 

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The Vuelta a España exploded into action on the first day of racing, as the general classification contenders battled it out on the hills of the Basque Country.

We’ve already seen some upsets in the fight for the red jersey, as Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) and Chris Froome (Ineos Grenadiers) both lost chunks of time on stage one. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.