The Vuelta has flown for the thirtieth time in its history of Malaga, in an Andalusian summer force that was hardly softened by the evening time of the prologue. This eight kilometer long stage, designed along the Mediterranean coast, smiled the Australian Rohan Dennis under a falling sun (despite everything 32ºC). Powerful in his raises, fluent in his trajectories, the former record holder of the hour thus drew the first red jersey of the event, after a total effort of less than ten minutes (9 & # 39; 45). The story of the Vuelta goes back to the gazpacho dishes since the same Dennis had already put on the very first Rojo sweater last year, in Nîmes. But he had triumphed after a team time trial, at the head of his BMC Team. A specialist in the fight against time, the 28-year-old from Adelaide won his eighth victory in a big round (he is part of the club of laureates of stages in the Tour, Giro and Vuelta), his 5th bouquet of the season 2018, all conquered after the same type of exercise.
But above all Rohan Dennis again has a red spot behind the pink of the Tour of Italy, in May, and the yellow of the Grote Loop, in 2015 in Utrecht. If he has sometimes dreamed of a good final classification, without confirmation so far, the rider from Ashford concentrates on the only stages CLM (the 16th, direction Torrelavega, will propose him a course of 32 terminals). "
For the rest, my mission will be to support Richie Porte as long as possible
He explained, a few minutes after he had offered his BMC employer a ninth success on the Spanish roads. A team that he leaves in a few weeks, like almost all the other big sizes of the Swiss team elsewhere – Greg Van Avermaet aside. He chose to participate in Bahrain-Merida for two seasons, where he will meet his former sports director Rik Verbrugghe.
Victor Campenaerts 3rd
In the absence of Chris Froome and Geraint Thomas, the Sky team seems less oppressive than at other times at the beginning of this 73rd Vuelta, leaving a priori more room for initiative from its rivals, without heavy padlock on the scenario. But the British team is clearly not yet devoid of arguments to date. The Polish leader Michal Kwiatkowski has placed himself in good order and closes the inaugural time in the second position (6 seconds behind the winner). The former world champion has long believed in the success of the stage, especially because the European champion of the specialty, the Belgian Victor Campenaerts (Lotto-Soudal), just stayed behind in his wake, for a meager little second. Among the most important candidates for the eventual success, in three weeks in Madrid, the Frenchman Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ), the Colombian Rigoberto Uran (Education First) and the Australian Richie Porte (BMC) are the biggest losers of the day, with paid between 35 and 45 seconds. But this liability is not necessarily alarming at the start of a Tour of Spain that will present eight arrivals at altitude … This Sunday punchers and climbers have the opportunity to compete, with a final at the top of Caminito del Rey (570 m above sea level). sea level).