Jumbo-Visma gift Gesink with La Roja

August 19 th 2022 - 20:38

Robert Gesink is the first leader of La Vuelta 22 as Jumbo-Visma dominated the opening team time-trial, a 23.3km challenge covered in 24’40’’ in the streets of Utrecht. On home soil, the Dutch squad was 13’’ faster than Ineos Grenadiers and 14’’ faster than Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl to already put Primoz Roglic in prime position in his bid for a historic fourth consecutive victory in the Spanish Grand Tour. But first, Gesink takes La Roja in his 9th participation. He will enjoy it in the Netherlands as stage 2 runs from 's-Hertogenbosch to Utrecht.

Highlights - Stage 1 | #LaVuelta22

Burgos-BH were the first riders to set off at 18:30, with menacing clouds covering the sky of Utrecht, with a few wet spots on the road. And the Spanish squad naturally sets the first reference, in 26’38’’. Unfortunately, they could only start with 7 riders as Manuel Peñalver returned a late positive test to Covid-19.

BikeExchange set the early reference

Michael Woods and Chris Froome’s Israel Premier Tech are the third team to finish, with a strong time (25’44’’)… Not enough to hold off Groupama-FDJ, whose time of 25’18’’ is then beaten by Simon Yates’ BikeExchange-Jayco, flying over the 23.3km at 55.5km/h to set a time of 25’11’’.

The situation then settles until Bora-Hansgrohe set off with the winner of the Giro, Jai Hindley. At the intermediate point (km 11), they are 2’’ ahead of Team BikeExchange-Jayco. But they trail by 10’’ as they cross the line.

Jumbo-Visma fly on home soil

The intensity rises as we get closer to the last starts, with Ineos Grenadiers (Richard Carapaz), Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl (Remco Evenepoel, Julian Alaphilippe), Movistar (Alejandro Valverde, Enric Mas) and Jumbo-Visma, led by the defending champion Primoz Roglic and the TT expert Rohan Dennis.

Ineos Grenadiers are the first team to go under 25 minutes, with a time of 24’53’’. Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl only rail by 0.77’’ on the line… But Jumbo-Visma smash the best time in 24’40’’. Gesink is the first across the line to take La Roja in his ninth participation in La Vuelta.

Follow us

Get exclusive information about La Vuelta