A 19.9-kilometer team effort kicked off the Ceratizit Challenge by La Vuelta Wednesday evening and Trek-Segafredo stormed to victory in a time of 23 minutes and 31 seconds (50.773 km/h), beating the previous fastest time set by Team Bike Exchange by six seconds.
With only two teams to finish the slightly rolling course it was not a long wait in the hot seat for the US registered WorldTour team. The last teams, SD Worx and Movistar, clocked 4th and 5th places respectively, giving Trek-Segafredo their 2nd win of the year after winning the Postnord Vårgårda WestSweden TTT.
FDJ – SUEZ – Futuroscope rounded out the podium in third place.
The Trek-Segafredo team was comprised of Elisa Longo Borghini, Elisa Balsamo, Shirin van Anrooij, Elynor Bäckstedt, Lucinda Brand and Amalie Dideriksen.
Elisa Longo Borghini crossed the line first for Trek-Segafredo and will wear the leader’s jersey into a hilly Stage 2.
The five-day women’s Vuelta culminates in Madrid with the men on Sunday.