The 2014 Vuelta a Espana began with a 12.6km team time trial in Jerez De La Frontera with Team Movistar taking line honours ahead of Cannondale and Orica-GreenEdge. Jonathan Castroviejo crossed the line first for the Spanish squad, earning himself the honour of wearing the red leader’s jersey on stage 2.

The second day of racing, from Algeciras to San Fernando, was one of only a handful of sprinter-friendly stages in this year’s Vuelta and Nacer Bouhanni ( was billed as the top favourite. He didn’t disappoint, winning the bunch sprint, while Alejandro Valverde finished well ahead of his Movistar teammate Castroviejo in the bunch, taking over the lead in the general classification ahead of stage 3.

And on the third stage the race started on an aircraft carrier in Cádiz before heading to Arcos de la Frontera. Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) added to his stage victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia, edging out Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) in the uphill kick to the finish. The young Australian now leads the general classification as well; the second Grand Tour he’s led this year.

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