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- Victory for Leopard Trek, who win this opening 13.5km TTT around Benidorm by four seconds over Liquigas. HTC take third, nine seconds down.
17:45 - Liquigas down to just five riders - including Nibali in red - as they approach the finish line... And they're not going to do it... they're four seconds shy of Leopard Trek's time.
17:42 - Not bad from Euskaltel, who cross the line 28 seconds down on Leopard Trek. Considering they're a climber-heavy team, that's a small deficit.
17:39 - Geox cross the line as one unit but are 43 seconds down on Leopard Trek. But at the intermediate check, Liquigas are one second ahead of Leopard Trek.
17:38 - The boys in orange from Euskaltel are getting a huge cheer as they weave their way through the cobbled section in the old town before hitting the waterfront stretch. They have dropped just one rider.
17:33 - HTC come home in second place, nine seconds down on Leopard Trek.
17:30 - Not bad for Katusha: they cross the line just 25 seconds down on Leopard Trek. Rodriguez will be happy with that. Meanwhile, HTC are down to six men.
17:30 - Defending champion Vincenzo Nibali gets his Vuelta under way as Liquigas, the final team to start today's TTT, roll down the ramp. And it's a very fast start from the Italian team, who have given a Grand Tour debut to the exciting Slovak all-rounder Peter Sagan.
17:28 - Geox's David Blanco falls off his bike on the 360-degree switch back at the top end of the course. He wasn't going very fast so it'll be ok - just a bit embarrassing in front of all those spectators.
17:25 - Euskaltel, with their eight Spaniards and one Frenchman, get their Vuelta underway. Their man for the GC is Igor Anton, who was wearing the red jersey last year when a big crash forced him out of the race.
17:22 - The Lampre team of Michele Scarponi and Alessandro Petacchi come home 32 seconds down. Leopard Trek's time looks pretty solid.
17:21 - Here's a team we haven't seen mucht his season: Geox. The Spanish team were not invited to either the Giro or the Vuelta, so this is the first we'll get to see of Denis Menchov and Carlos Sastre this year. Both Grand Tour winners, but both are getting on a bit.
17:18 - Sky cross the line a huge 42 seconds down on Leopard Trek to set the 14th best time. That was rather shambolic for the British team.
17:17 - The HTC-Highroad team of Mark Cavendish are down the ramp. This will be the last time we see them all together in a Grand Tour, with the American-based squad disbanding at the end of the season.
17:16 - Terrible for Team Sky: they are down to four riders and have to wait up until a fifth comes to join them. There must have been some kind of incident on the beach front. Not good news for Wiggins...
17:15 - It's the 13th best time for AG2R, 42 seconds down on Leopard Trek.
17:13 - Omega Pharma-Lotto post the fourth-best time, 18 seconds down on Leopard Trek. Katusha will be the next team to start. They have a strong outfit - and thankfully the owners are not repeating their ill-advised all-Russian tactics of the Tour, which really backfired. They won't be too hot today, but Joaquin Rodriguez is one of the race favourites, whilst the likes of Kuchynsky, Vorganov, Trofimov and Moreno should be highly active these next few weeks.
17:10 - Movistar are next. The Spanish team have a very strong showing for the Vuelta - they probably don't have an out-and-out GC man, but they do have a load of talented riders who can take stage wins. The likes of Erviti, Intxausti, Bruseghin and Garcia Acosta should get in many breaks.
17:08 - Lampre now on the course, and there's an early technical problem for Marco Marzano and he's dropped from the outset. It will be a lonely 17-odd minutes for him this afternoon. Andalucia-Caja Granada set the worst time at the finish, 1:03 down on Leopard Trek.
17:03 - CRASH: Saxo's Nick Nuyens takes a tumble after overshooting a bend. He rode onto the curb and tried to stay upright, but fell into a prickly bush on the ditch by the road. He's not happy.
17:02 - Bradley Wiggins gets his Vuelta underway as Team Sky roll down the ramp. This is a big race for Wiggins... he was in such good form prior to the Tour, what with that win in the Dauphine... then bam! Collarbone break and dreams left in tatters.
16:58 - RadioShack set the 7th best time, 29 seconds down on Leopard Trek. That's not too bad considering they had to wait up for Janex Brajkovic after that chain slip on the ramp.
16:57 - The Ag2R team of Nicholas Roche are on the road now. The Irishman will look to improve on his disappointing Tour de France. Vacansoleil have just set the worst time so far, 39 seconds down on Leopard Trek.
16:54 - Here's the Saxo Bank team of Bjarne Riis. They don't really have a man for the GC. Oh, and on the first bend one of the riders drops his chain - just like Brajkovic. Saxo will look for stage wins from the likes of Chris Sorensen, Juan Jose Haedo and Nick Nuyens.
16:52 - Rabobank come home as six, with two riders just off the back. They set the seventh best time, 30 seconds down on Leopard Trek. As for Andalucia-Caja Granada, they're all over the shop. It will be interesting to see how much time they lose today.
16:49 - Omega Pharma-Lotto down the ramp. Their man for the GC will be Jurgen van den Broeck, who crashed out of the Tour with a broken collarbone. He could be a real dangerman in this year's Vuelta - provided he stays on his bike.
16:46 - Andalucia-Caja Granada get their race on the road. Meanwhile, Leopard Trek shave a huge 10 seconds off Astana's time to take the lead at the finish. They finished with just five riders, including Cancallara, of course.
16:44 - While you're waiting for all the teams to get out on the road, why not read the race preview from our blogger Blazin' Saddles? Blazin' Saddles: Vuelta a Espana preview
16:42 - Worse possible start for Janez Brajkovic: he has a technical problem on the first bend moments after RadioShack hit the ramp. And he needs a mechanic to sort things out after dropping a chain. The American team will now have to decide whether or not they wait for their team leader...
16:40 - Cofidis cross the line and they're well down after a terrible second half of the TTT. Taaramae shakes his head in anger. The Estonian GC hope will be at least 23 seconds down tonight. That's the worst effort so far.
16:37 - Cofidis are already down to just five men as they complete the waterside section. They'll have to keep everyone together for the final couple of kilometres. Back at the start, it's Vacansoleil - and they have a typically attacking team. There is no GC man - Ezequiel Mosquera, second last year, is sitting out owing to his ongoing doping case - but plenty of bodies for breaks.
16:36 - Astana have just set the best time, five seconds quicker than QuickStep.
16:35 - It's the best time for QuickStep, who shave a few seconds off Skil Shimano's effort as Tom Boonen leads his men across the line. Meanwhile, back at the start it's Rabobank, who have a very Spanish flavoured squad for the race. Oscar Freire, Luis Leon Sanchez, Carlos Barredo and Juan Manuel Garate are all capable of doing something in the Vuelta, while Dutchmen Bauke Mollema, Tom Slagter and Steven Kruijswijk are a thrilling threesome.
16:29 - Leopard-Trek are led down the ramp by Swiss chrono specialist Fabian Cancellara. They don't really have a GC man so will look to get into breaks and win stages. The sprinter Daniele Bennati will hope to win a sprint or two - although it will be tough to beat the likes of Cavendish and Farrar.
16:28 - Garmin-Cervelo don't have as much strength in depth as they did during the Tour, where they won the TTT. The American team cross the line seven seconds down on Skil-Shimano, the early pace setters.
16:26 - Next up is the BMC team which recently won the Tour with Cadel Evans. The Australian is not taking part in this Vuelta, and the team does not actually have a GC man. They will be in it for stage wins. There's a Grand Tour debut for American time trial specialist Taylor Phinney. BMC this week signed both Thor Hushovd and Philippe Gilbert. They're going to be very strong next year, that's for sure.
16:22 - Skil Shimano cross the line to set a marker of 16 minutes 48 seconds.
16:22 - It's a very sunny day in Benidorm with a maximum temperature of 32 degrees this afternoon. Ideal beach weather...
16:21 - Cofidis the next team to roll down the ramp. They have Frenchman David Moncoutie and the young Estonian Rein Taaramae as their stand out riders.
16:18 - Here come Astana, who have Alexandre Vinokourov's old blood brother Andrey Kashechkin in their ranks. It will be interesting to see how he rides. He's been persona non grata for quite some time now, his reintegration to the sport nothing like that of his Kazakh compatriot.
16:14 - QuickStep down the ramp now. They have the likes of Tom Boonen and Sylvain Chavanel, who both had a tricky Tour de France, in their ranks. The course takes the riders out of town to the north. There's a rise of 138m before a full 360-degree turn above the golf course and a return back on the other side of the road. Once back at the start, the course then hugs the waterfront in the bay of Benidorm before curling back on itself again for the final drag to the finish.
16:11 - It's a very technical start to this 13.5km course: there's a long uphill drag taking the riders out of town and into the surrounding countryside.
16:09 - Two teams now on the course: Skil Shimano, the team of Marcel Kittel, who won four stages in the recent Tour of Poland; and Garmin-Cervelo, who will be led by Dan Martin, with sprinters Tyler Farrar and Heinrich Haussler looking to feature heavily over the next three weeks.
16:05 - The 22 teams riding in this year's Vuelta will leave at four minute intervals from a ramp that has been erected right on the beach. Skil Shimano are up first, followed by: Garmin, Quick Step, Astana, Cofidis, BMC, Leopard Trek, Rabobank, Vacansoleil, RadioShack, Andalucia-Caja Granada, Omega Pharma-Lotto, Saxo Bank, AG2R, Sky, Lampre, Movistar, Katusha, HTC, Geox, Euskaltel and last off, the Liquigas team of reigning champion Vincenzo Nibali.
16:00 - Hello and welcome to live coverage of the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espana, a 13.5km time trial around Benidorm.