BMC Racing won a team trial as the Vuelta a Espana started outside Spain for just the third time.
The six-strong American team covered the 13.7km course in the French city of Nimes in 15 minutes, 58 seconds to put Australian Rohan Dennis in the leaders’ red jersey on day one.
Quick-Step Floors were next fastest, six seconds back alongside Team Sunweb, with Team Sky nine seconds behind the leaders in fourth.
Sky’s Chris Froome is aiming to become just the third rider to win the Tour de France and the Vuelta in the same year.
And the result was enough to give the Briton a 22-second advantage on Bahrain-Merida’s Vincenzo Nibali, the bookmakers’ best guess as his main rival.
Its a good start for us, Froome said. Okay, it’s not the stage victory, but we put in a very solid ride. We’re there or thereabouts with the best teams.
Fabio Aru was another contender to lose time as his Astana team finished a further 10 seconds down.
General classification (after Stage One)
1 Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC 15 min, 58 secs
2 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC
3 Nicolas Roche (Ire) BMC
4 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC
5 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC
6 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC
7 Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step +6
8 David De La Cruz (Spa) Quick-Step
9 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step
10 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step
(c) Sky News 2017: BMC Racing win Vuelta time trial as Chris Froome gains time on rivals