The Leopard Convention in the time trial for teams and made the Danish leader. He imposed to Nibali of Liquigas and the HTC of Cavendish, the big favorites. The Cronus had 13.5 kilometers and went along the sea promenade of Benidorm. The Dane Jakob Fuglsang, that he crossed the line in front of team Leopard Trek, win the first red leader's Jersey in the Vuelta of Spain, whose first stage, a time trial by teams of 13.5 kilometers, won the Luxembourg training. The Leopard team invested time from 16: 30 to cover the tour, which ran for the most part, by the seafront promenade in Benidorm. The Liquigas of Italian Vincenzo Nibali, champion dnsor, ranked second, 4 seconds of the Leopard, and the best Spanish team was Movistar, fifth to 14 seconds. Nibali gets on the first day 21 seconds on Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and 24 on Igor Anton (Euskaltel), two Spanish candidates for the final podium of Vuelta. Leader almost by chance the Leopard avoided that prognosis that gave the triumph to Mark Cavendish's HTC might be fulfilled, last year in Seville, and good fault it had winner and first red maillot Swiss Fabian Cancellara, the Swiss locomotive, world and Olympic time-trial champion, who led the Luxembourg square to the first post, and teammate Fuglsang on the podium to remove the seal to the first red Jersey of the tour 2011.
Fuglsang, Cancellara, the Belgian Maxime Monfort, the Austrian Thomas Rohregger and Italian Daniele Bennati formed the quintet that gave time to the team, 16: 30 minutes. Only dangerously approached the Liquigas of Nibali, who came out with the conquered red a year ago, but the shark of Messina stayed with honey on the lips by 4 seconds. The men of the HTC, with Cavendih, Matthew Goss, Tony Martin and Velits, among others, could not subdue the Leopard men and complied with the third place, at 9 seconds.