• BMC celebrate on the podium after winning the preliminary stage of the Vuelta a España (AAP)Source: AAP
The worst fears of the peloton were not realised as the Vuelta a España opening stage team time trial into the southern resort town of Marbella proved fast but uneventful.
Cycling Central

23 Aug 2015 - 6:45 AM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2015 - 11:32 AM

The 7.4km ride against the clock was won by world team time trial champions BMC which put Peter Velits, who lead the team across the finish, in the nominal lead heading into the 158.7km second stage.

The stage result did not count towards the indiviual general classification standings due to safety concerns, but does for the teams classification.

"I am super happy," Velits said. "We did everything perfectly. Everything that we spoke about was done to plan. The only thing we did not discuss was who would cross the line first. The last kilometer went so fast, we really did not change position or think about who was going to be first to the line. We just wanted to get to the finish as quickly as possible."

Vuelta TTT course comes under fire
The Vuelta a España will get off to a controversial start after riders complained about the course safety for the opening 7.4km teams time trial from Puerto Banús to Marbella.

BMC laid down a time of eight minutes 10 seconds to finish a single second ahead of Tinkoff-Saxo and Australian outfit Orica-GreenEDGE.

"The tactic we had was perfect. On a course like this, you can't really go much faster with more than five guys, team leader Tejay van Garderen said, So we picked five guys to bring it to the end and we had the rest just line it out from the start and do a one-kilometer effort."

Stage 1: 7.4km TTT, Puerto Banús to Marbella
1 BMC 8min 10sec
2 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:01
3 Orica-GreenEDGE
4 LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:08
5 Etixx-QuickStep 0:00:10
6 Trek Factory Racing 0:00:11
7 Lotto-Soudal 0:00:18
8 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
9 Movistar 0:00:24
10 Cofidis 0:00:27
11 IAM Cycling
12 Lampre-Merida
13 Astana 0:00:30
14 MTN-Qhubeka
15 Colombia 0:00:33
16 FDJ.fr 0:00:44
17 Katusha 0:00:54
18 AG2R 0:01:00
19 Giant-Alpecin 0:01:07
20 Team Sky 0:01:11
21 Cannondale-Garmin 0:01:20
22 Europcar 0:02:15