Vuelta a Espana 2013: Vincenzo Nibali's Astana win team time trial

Astana team celebrate

Vincenzo Nibali's Astana won the opening team time trial of the Vuelta a Espana to put Janez Brajkovic into the race leader's red jersey.

Astana won the 27.4km stage from Vilanova de Arousa to Sanxenxo in 29 minutes 59 seconds - 10 seconds clear of RadioShack Leopard.

Omega Pharma-QuickStep, featuring world time-trial champion Tony Martin, were six seconds further back in third.

Team Sky were led over the line 22 seconds adrift by Welshman Luke Rowe.

"It was a great time trial," said 28-year-old Nibali, who won the Giro d'Italia earlier this season.

"The team was fantastic. My condition is very good but the Vuelta is very hard and long, and has some very important stages. We'll have to see day by day."

Sunday's stage covers 177.7km from Pontevedra to Alto Do Monte Da Groba, featuring the first summit finish of the race.

The Vuelta is the final three-week Grand Tour of the season and finishes in Madrid on Sunday, 15 September.

Result of team time trial

1. Astana (Kaz) 29 minutes 59 seconds

2. RadioShack (Lux) +10"

3. Omega Pharma-Quick-Step (Bel) +16"

4. Team Sky (GB) +22"

5. Movistar (Sp) +29"

6. Saxo-Tinkoff (Den) +32"

7. NetApp (Ger) +35"

8. BMC Racing (US) +36"

9. Orica (Aus) +45"

10. Belkin (Ned) +49"