2016 La Vuelta a Espana, Stage 1: : Ourense termal. B. de La

2016 La Vuelta a Espana, Stage 1 : Ourense termal. B. de Laias - P. N. Castrelo de Miño(27.8km)

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The 2016 Vuelta a Espana kicks off anything but gently on Saturday, with a medium length team time trial seemingly designed to reveal any potential weaknesses in the GC candidates and their teams, and perhaps create some important time gaps.

I fully back BMC on this course. The parcours is for rouleurs and BMC has plenty of them. Sky and Movistar also have strong guys for this course. Unfortunately for Alberto, his team, as always, isn’t strong enough to challenge for the win here but I hope they’ll be close.

Vuelta a Espana stage 1 start times (CET)
1. Bora-Argon 18:26:00
2. Direct Energie 18:30:00
3. Lotto Soudal 18:34:00
4. Astana Pro Team 18:38:00
5. Lampre - Merida 18:42:00
6. Dimension Data 18:46:00
7. IAM Cycling 18:50:00
8. Caja Rural -Seguros RGA 18:54:00
9. FDJ 18:58:00
10. Etixx - Quick Step 19:02:00
11. Team Katusha 19:06:00
12. Cofidis, Solutions Credits 19:10:00
13. Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team 19:14:00
14. Ag2r La Mondiale 19:18:00
15. Trek - Segafredo 19:22:00
16. Orica-BikeExchange 19:26:00
17. Team Giant Alpecin 19:30:00
18. BMC Racing Team 19:34:00
19. Team Lotto NL -Jumbo 19:38:00
20. Movistar Team 19:42:00
21. Team Sky 19:46:00
22. Tinkoff 19:50:00
 
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Anderis said:
CheckMyPecs said:
Why aren't Astana last if they've got last year's winner?
Because last year's winner is not participating, I guess?
So...? Hincapie started the 2006 Tour de France prologue last despite Lance not participating.
 
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CheckMyPecs said:
Anderis said:
CheckMyPecs said:
Why aren't Astana last if they've got last year's winner?
Because last year's winner is not participating, I guess?
So...? Hincapie started the 2006 Tour de France prologue last despite Lance not participating.
It's up to the race organisers who to give the Number 1 if the previous year's winner has not turned up. Some give it to the first in the alphabet (tends to be AG2R), others to the team of whoever won the previous year and others give it to someone with a sentimental reason, like Valverde for the Vuelta, and others even just give it randomly. Don't know how it works for TTTs, though.
 
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Brullnux said:
It's up to the race organisers who to give the Number 1 if the previous year's winner has not turned up. Some give it to the first in the alphabet (tends to be AG2R), others to the team of whoever won the previous year and others give it to someone with a sentimental reason, like Valverde for the Vuelta, and others even just give it randomly. Don't know how it works for TTTs, though.
Anyway, it would make sense to not follow a strict rule, but to base to start list on some mixture of favourite-to-win-the-race and favourite-to-win-the-stage for entertainment reasons.
 

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