The second Tour of Spain for Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux started this Friday with a team time trial in the streets of Utrecht. This race against the clock was ridden on an entirely flat parcours of 23.3 kilometer through the birth city of Boy van Poppel. The second team to start at 18h34 concluded the race in 26 minutes 05.
At the age of 22, Danish rider Julius Johansen made his Grand Tour debut in this opening stage. The former world champion and world record holder in the team pursuit guided his teammates through this particular exercise, which was organized in a Grand Tour for the first time since 2019.