19 Aug 2012

Movistar win Tour of Spain opener

11:01 am on 19 August 2012

Local favourites Movistar got a rousing reception after they battled through searing heat to earn a narrow victory in the Tour of Spain's opening team time-trial on Saturday.

The win saw Spaniard Jonathan Castroviejo take the race lead while the overall favourites to win the Vuelta finished in a tight following group.

It was Spain's first team time trial victory in a major tour in nine years.

Alberto Contador, made a quiet return to competitive road cycling after a two year doping ban, as his team SaxoBank came 7th.