Movistar Team repeats success from Pamplona in 2012,  with Jonathan Castroviejo taking the lead in Jerez after sensational performance -season's 31st victory- with great win in Vuelta's opening TTT.

Just like in 2012, at home in the streets of Pamplona, the Movistar Team touched their dream at the start of the Vuelta a España and set one of their great domestiques, Basque specialist Jonathan Castroviejo, as the first leader of the 2014 race. The telephone squad rode brilliantly, in perfect order and picked up their own pace through the 12.6km TTT in Jerez de la Frontera, a mix of urban, technical, dangerous sections and long straights, where the squad directed by Eusebio Unzué kept always all nine men together.

Until the very final straight, following a good intermediate check -2nd, just 5" behind Cannondale Pro Cycling-, Castroviejo, Valverde, Amador, Erviti, Moreno, Quintana, Izagirre, Malori and Herrada -the latter two dropping just few meters before the end after fantastic efforts- rode like an only rider to take the blue and green of Movistar to their 3rd victory in team time trials since 2011, by six seconds over the finish line, plus the 31st success -just one short of their 2013 tally- by the Spanish squad in an already unforgettable season.

Movistar Team's quest to keep the leader's jersey will start with stage two on Sunday, the first road race of the Vuelta over 174km from Algeciras to San Fernando. Strong winds will be the main threat for a predictable bunch finish.

STAGE RESULTS

  • 1st    Movistar Team   (MOV)   m.t.
  • 2nd    Cannondale   (CAN)   0.06
  • 3rd    Orica   (OGE)   m.t.
  • 4th    Trek   (TFR)   0.08
  • 5th    OPQS   (OPQ)   0.10