uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

“We knew that today was a big opportunity for us. We saw the course for the first time on Friday and immediately decided to give everything we had in us. We didn’t hesitate for a second."

Photo: LottoNL-Jumbo








23.08.2015 @ 00:26 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

Team LottoNL-Jumbo finished fourth today in the opening team time trial of the Vuelta a España. The team completed the 7.4-kilometre course between Puerto Banus and Marbella in a time of 8 minutes and 18 seconds.


Martijn Keizer was the first Team LottoNL-Jumbo rider to cross the finish line and conquered the white and blue mountain jersey. BMC was eight seconds faster and won the opening stage of the 70th Vuelta. Slovakian Peter Velits took the race leader's red jersey.


The time differences of the TTT don’t count for the overall, however. That decision was taken earlier this week because of the dangerous characteristics of the course. Therefore several teams didn’t risk their GC ambitions in the team time trial.


“We knew that today was a big opportunity for us,” Keizer said. “We saw the course for the first time on Friday and immediately decided to give everything we had in us. We didn’t hesitate for a second, and approached the time trial very professionally. We were all focused on a good result. This morning, we did three dedicated recons and this is the result. Very nice, especially when you see that we are here with three debutants.”


Keizer is looking forward to start Sunday’s stage in the white combined jersey.


“This is a good start and immediately creates additional challenges. We must aim to keep the jersey within the team.”


"It was not possible to ride at full speed with nine guys on such a narrow course," Mike Teunissen said. "So the thing was to drop a couple of guys and go on with six or seven riders, which we did. We rode a good time trial but it was not enough. All courses are dangerous, you have to adapt your speed to the danger"  



Sports Director and time trial coach, Mathieu Heijboer arrived in Spain on Thursday and immediately recognised possibilities when he saw the course.


“Sometimes when an opportunitie arises, you have to take it, and today was such a moment. We approached the TTT as we always do, with all the trimmings. Cooling and warming-up procedures, tactics, everything. Before the stage we decided that we wouldn’t ride the TTT with the whole team, because of the narrow roads and the many corners. Despite the discussion we have the impression that many teams went full for it. Bert-Jan Lindeman and George Bennett let the others go pretty early. That was their contribution today. They handled it very well, it was for the team. They know that later on the team will work for them.


Heijboer expects an open race in Sunday’s 165-kilometre stage from Alhaurín de la Torre to Caminito del Rey because there are yet time differences.


“Tomorrow, the Vuelta starts over again and we will make a new plan. It’s a good thing to start the race with a jersey on the shoulders of one of our riders.”



The Best Danish Cyclist To Bet On At 2022 Tour De France 13.01.2022 @ 15:262022 Upcoming Tournament Overview 03.01.2022 @ 09:45Best Place to Find Stand-Up Paddleboards 16.06.2021 @ 08:16What are Primoz Roglic’s Chances to Win 2021 Tour de Fr... 17.03.2021 @ 08:37Amazing victory by young champion Sarah Gigante 04.02.2021 @ 14:21Three reasons why cycling is one of the best ways to ex... 28.09.2020 @ 12:03Why do businesses use meeting room managers? 14.09.2020 @ 13:42Five things that you can do, if you want to gain more f... 20.08.2020 @ 15:38One for the road 09.06.2020 @ 15:25List of CyclingQuotes previews 07.05.2020 @ 13:20Blue Energy: room for all interests 26.08.2019 @ 12:56Get your daily dose of exercise at home 08.07.2019 @ 10:443 good advice to be able to afford your favorite bike 25.02.2019 @ 12:32Cycle through gorgeous landscapes 22.10.2018 @ 21:41Balance Your Economy and Diet and Start Saving Money 08.10.2018 @ 11:18Stay Safe: 3 Helmets That Can Keep Your Head Protected... 20.07.2018 @ 07:59Planning to bet on Tour De France - Bet types and strat... 24.05.2018 @ 14:18Basics of cycling betting 25.10.2017 @ 13:10Bauer moves to ORICA-SCOTT 28.08.2017 @ 10:45End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13

Currently no news in this list

Jewinson VARELA
27 years | today
Felipe Delai Da SILVA
34 years | today
Maximilian MAY
34 years | today
Carolien HAERS
39 years | today
23 years | today