Victor Campenaerts finished third of the 1st stage of the Tour of Spain, a time trial of eight kilometers on Saturday in Malaga. The European champion in the timed training finished 7 seconds behind the winner, the Australian Rohan Dennis (BMC), the first red jersey of the 2018 Vuelta.
"I had come for the victory, I went for the red jersey. So I'm a bit disappointed to finish third", Victor Campenaerts explains in a video on the website of his Lotto Soudal team."But finally, the 3rd is not bad. I am 7 seconds behind Dennis. He was clearly the best today".
As with the Giro, Campenaerts is not far from the stage victory in a big tour. "I hope to win a time trial on the World Tour in the future"he says.The gap is not that big anymore. The 16th stage of the Vuelta will again be a time trial. We will see what happens".
Campenaerts does not only think about times. "There are still some nice steps. We have a nice team that can roll in an attractive way. I hope to attack in the next steps".