Russian cyclist Denis Menchov has won the opening stage of the Tour of Spain, the last major European cycling race of the season.
Menchov covered the seven kilometer team time trial course in Granada in 9:45 minutes. Belgium's Rik Verbrugghe was second. Australian Bradley McGee was third, three seconds behind the Russian.
Defending champion Roberto Heras of Spain finished 15 seconds behind Menchov.
Sunday's second stage is a 189.3 - kilometer leg from Granada to Cordoba. The 21-stage, 3,365.5 - kilometer race ends September 18 in Madrid.
Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.