Updated: Sunday, 24 August 2014 03:10 | By Agence France-Presse

Movistar win Tour of Spain first stage

Giro d'Italia champion Nairo Quintana got his quest to win the Tour of Spain off to a flying start as his Movistar team won the opening stage team time trial on Saturday.


Movistar win Tour of Spain first stage

Colombian cyclist Nairo Quintana celebrates his victory on the podium after the Giro d'Italia cycling race from Bassano del Grappa to Cima Grappa on May 30, 2014 - by Luk Benies

Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo led his team to victory in a time of 14min 13sec to take the leader's jersey, six seconds ahead of Cannondale and Orica Green-Edge.

However, it was a poor start for 2013 Tour de France champion Chris Froome as he lost 27 seconds on Quintana as Team Sky finished back in 11th.

Froome was making his return to action after crashing out of this year's Tour de France with hand and wrist injuries.

He was one of many riders to crash on the 12.6km route through Jerez de la Frontera in training and seemed content just to make it to the finish line without any further incidents.

There were no such problems for Quintana and 2009 Tour of Spain champion Alejandro Valverde as Movistar set off last and were always ahead of the rest of the pack before Castroviejo led them across the line.

Another former winner Alberto Contador finished 19 seconds off the leaders as the Spaniard's Tinkoff-Saxo team finished down in seventh.

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