Kennaugh in red as Team Sky win Vuelta time trial


Team Sky made a winning start to the 2016 Vuelta a Espana as they snatched victory in the team time trial by less than a second from Movistar.

Saturday's opening stage of the three-week race saw both teams cross the line in 30 minutes and 37 seconds, but the win was given to Team Sky and Peter Kennaugh will be the first to wear the leader's jersey this year.

The 27.8-kilometre route from Laias Health Resort to Castrelo de Mino Nautical Park in the province of Ourense saw all 22 teams in action, with Tinkoff the big losers.

Bora-Argon 18, first out of the gate, set the early pace and their time proved difficult to beat until Etixx - Quick Step took to the road.

The Belgian team were the first under 31 seconds, and once the barrier had been broken the lead changed hands another four times.

Orica-BikeExchange and BMC Racing - the reigning team time trial world champions - quickly usurped Etixx, with Movistar, Sky and TInkoff to race.

Led by Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde, Movistar set a new time to beat as they took seconds out of Orica's time, while Team Sky looked threatening on the course.

They were not the quickest past either time check but produced an impressive final sector to go marginally faster, team leader Chris Froome the fifth and last man across the finish line.

Any hopes Tinkoff had of finishing with a flourish disappeared as they struggled for pace, and Alberto Contador's team will start stage two 52 seconds behind the leaders - not good for the Spaniard in his general classification battle with Froome and Quintana.