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Team Jumbo-Visma has finished 11th in the opening team time trial of the Vuelta a España. Despite wet conditions, darkness, and a flat tyre for Jonas Vingegaard, the yellow and black brigade managed to limit the gap to the winning team, DSM-Firmenich, to just over half a minute.
In soaking wet conditions, Team Jumbo-Visma set off for a 14.8-kilometre team chrono on the streets of Barcelona. Just before the first waypoint, Vingegaard suffered a puncture, forcing the Dane to change bikes. The rest of the team waited for Vingegaard - who, along with Primoz Roglic, is Team Jumbo-Visma’s leader in this edition of the Vuelta a España - and lost valuable time.
After a solid second part, the Dutch team stopped the clock at 18 minutes and 2 seconds. It meant the 11th time for the Dutch team. "Considering the conditions, we can be satisfied with our performance. The rain, poor visibility and Jonas' puncture put us in a difficult situation, but I think we managed well”, said Mathieu Heijboer, Head of Performance at Team Jumbo-Visma.
"The aim was to get through without any unnecessary problems"
"It was wet and treacherous", Roglic said. "A team time trial means finding a balance between riding hard and staying safe. We managed that. We can be happy with it. The aim was to get through without any unnecessary problems. This was the first of 21 stages, so we still have enough stages to go. You can't win the Vuelta here, but you can lose it."
According to Hungarian time trial champion Attila Valter, the team took no risks in the time trial. "Unfortunately, Jonas had a puncture, but all in all, we rode a very good time trial", said Valter, unhappy with the (limited) light. "It was almost night, and it was dark. You could hardly see anything. The aim was to get everyone across the line safely, and we did."