Stage one was a lot more eventful than the course profile suggested it should be. Some early big losers. Sky got what they wanted (almost) and it was a rather good day for Movistar.
Interesting fact I read yesterday re: Valverde. In over 200 stage starts, he has finished outside the top 20 4 times. I read that before he placed 16th in the Prologue. Succeeded again today.
Quintana is off to a solid start. Now in 9th, 33 seconds down. Very respectable Prologue yesterday. Just did what he needed to today, finished in the front group, 3 seconds of the top two.
This could be a good, watchable Vuelta. Too bad I'll be in the boonies for the last week. (Cycle Oregon - if we do not get fire driven route changes, we will spend the second night at Wallawa Lake in the old Nez Perce summer camp where they fished and dries sockeye salmon and used it as a base camp for the big game hunts in there. We were thwarted by fire from using that site as our rest day 3 years ago. I've wanted to camp there since I learned about it at my first CO at Chief Josoph's grave site at the other end of the lake.)