Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: It was not planned for me to cross the line first
Aug 25 2019 06:53 am CET

Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: It was not planned for me to cross the line first
Vuelta a España - Miguel Angel Lopez: It was not planned for me to cross the line first
Astana

Miguel Angel Lopez took the first Red Jersey at the Vuelta a España after Astana took the victory of the team time trial of the opening stage.

The first stage of the Spanish grand tour was 13.4 kilometres long with a start in the Salinas de Torrevieja and a finish in Torrevieja. Astana completed the circuit in 14 minutes and 51 seconds, being two seconds faster than Deceuninck-Quick-Step, and giving Miguel Angel Lopez -who crossed the finish line in the first position- the leader jersey after the finish line.

"We did a very good time trial, all guys put a great effort today and in the end of the day everything worked out perfectly," said the Colombian. "It is our team’s success and we all are very happy with this victory. What a great day for Astana Pro Team! I am so happy with the red jersey, it was maybe a bit unexpectable for me, but now it gives me a lot of motivation.

"It was not planned for me to cross the line on the first position. I was sitting in the second position before the last corner when Gorka Izagirre said to me to come in front. I passed the corner and realized there were just 150 meters to go, so I just gave my all until the finish line. Indeed, this is a perfect start of La Vuelta for our team. But, this is just the beginning and the whole race is still ahead. We will keep on racing with a cold head and calm, moving through it day by day."







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