Jumbo-Visma suffer 'disastrous' team crash during time trial
Jumbo-Visma suffered a huge crash involving four of their riders during the opening time trial of the 2019 Vuelta - one which was described as a "disaster".
What appeared to be a wet patch of road brought down four of the team members at a tight corner.
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Lennard Hofstede and Neilson Powless were the other two Jumbo riders to hit the deck as a result of the incident, as confirmed by the team, who were considered favourites to claim the opening stage.
UAE Team Emirates also reportedly suffered a crash on the same corner.
Jumbo-Visma were seven seconds down at the first check just ahead of the crash.
The team reported that the crash resulted in them losing 40 seconds on stage winners Astana.
Images from the scene showed that water had spread across the road.