Chris Froome and Sky chase, Tour de Romandie 2011, stage five

The Vuelta's "stage zero" is pretty seamless for most riders: getting from home to the race start in Benidorm.

So, spare a thought for Team Sky man Chris Froome, whose simple plane trip to the Vuelta on Wednesday afternoon turned into a sixteen-hour schlepp.

"It was a nightmare. I left my [Monaco] home at ten in the morning, I got to the airport to find they'd delayed my flight for two hours, delayed it again for another two hours - then they cancelled it altogether," he told Cycling Weekly.

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