Chris Froome already behind in Vuelta as Movistar impress

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Movistar win stage one of the Vuelta a Espana after completing the team time trial in the fastest time.

The Movistar squad which included Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana completed the 12.6km course in 14 minutes and 13 seconds.

Cannondale finished in second place just six seconds behind Movistar and Orica-GreenEDGE crossed the line in third also six seconds behind.

Team Sky falls behind

It wasn't a good start to the Vuelta for Team Sky as they finished in 11th place, 27 seconds behind Movistar meaning Chris Froome already has time to make up time on his rivals.

Not only does Froome have to make up time on Quintana and Valverde, he also has to catch up with Alberto Contador after Tinkoff-Saxo finished eight seconds in front of Team Sky, 19 seconds behind the winners.

Joaqium Rodriguez's Katusha team were very disappointing in the time trial and finished 38 seconds down on Movistar.

Jonathan Castroviejo crossed the line first for Movistar meaning he will wear the leader's jersey during stage two on Sunday.

Quintana favourite

After the first stage Quintana will probably be the favourite to win the overall race as he sits in the best position. Valverde will support the Colombian during the three week race but Quintana has admitted he will let the Spaniard lead the team if he can't find the form he had during the Giro d'Italia.

In my opinion the Vuelta will between Quintana and Froome and it will go down to who can climb the best in the mountains, but with Valverde supporting Quintana the Movistar rider may have the edge over the Brit.

Stage one result

1 Movistar, 14min 13sec
2 Cannondale +6
3 Orica-GreenEdge +6
4 Trek Factory Racing +9
5 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step +11
6 Giant-Shimano +16
7 Tinkoff-Saxo +19
8 Belkin +19
9 BMC Racing +21
10 Lampre-Merida +25
Selected other
11 Team Sky +27

General classification

1 Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar, 14:13
2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, same time
3 Andrey Amador (Cos) Movistar, st
4 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar, st
5 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar, st
6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, st
7 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, st
8 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar, +4
9 Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar, +6
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondake, +6
Selected others
17 Adam Yates (GB) Orica-GreenEdge, +6
30 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +11
45 Alberto Contador (Spa) +19
72 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +27
109 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha, +38

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Vuelta a Espana
Alberto Contador

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