'There was water on the road all of a sudden!' - Bennett

Team Sunweb finished third on the first stage of the Vuelta

Team Sunweb finished third on the first stage of the Vuelta

Winners of the team time trial in both the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France, Jumbo-Visma's chances of a hat-trick went up in smoke in a heap of carbon fibre in the coastal town in southeastern Spain.

The Dutch team finished a disastrous 18th of the 22 competing teams, 40 seconds behind Astana, giving Roglic a daunting deficit behind Lopez which the Slovenian will look to reduce over the next 20 stages.

Astana took victory by just 2 seconds from Deceuninck-Quick Step, who may well have won the stage had their riders not had to swerve to avoid the Jjumbo-Visma auto as it attended to a rider, with Team Sunweb a further 3 seconds back in third place.

Britain's Prince Andrew admits it was a 'mistake' to meet Epstein
Epstein, 66, hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, said the report, released Friday. Prince Andrew said he met Mr Epstein in 1999 and saw him "probably no a few times or twice a year".

There was disappointment for Jumbo-Visma as five riders from the eight-man team came off their bikes after encountering a patch of water on the road.

"Aru, the 2015 Vuelta victor, came home with cuts to his left-hand side as his team slumped to 21st place at 1'07".

In Monday's (NZ time) second stage, riders will face a hilly route of almost 200 kilometres from Benidorm to Calpe on the southeastern coast.

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