Nicolas Roche's BMC win team time trial in the opening stage of the Vuelta a Espana
Nicolas Roche's BMC team won the team time trial in the opening stage of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana which started in Nimes, in the south of France.
The Swiss team completed the 13km course in a time of 15 minutes and 58 seconds to finish six seconds ahead of Quickstep-Floors and Team Sunweb.
Australian Rohan Dennis led his BMC team-mates across the line and will wear the overall leader's red jersey. Roche will wear the king of the mountains jersey for Sunday's stage, which sees the race cross into Spain.
It's been a difficult build-up to the year's final Grand Tour for BMC, with the team's veteran Spanish rider Samuel Sanchez removed from the line-up after failing a drug test.
The Irish ProContinental team Aqua Blue Sport finished a creditable 13th place on their Grand Tour debut 38 seconds off the pace. Stage two is expected to finish in a sprint finish which should suit Aqua Blue's British sprinter Adam Blythe.