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Postal team wins team time trial in Spanish Vuelta

Updated: September 4, 2004, 3:02 PM ET
Associated Press

LEON, Spain -- U.S. Postal Service easily won a team time trial Saturday in the opening stage of the Spanish Vuelta, the third and last major tour of the European cycling season.

Lance Armstrong rode for U.S. Postal when he won his sixth straight Tour de France in July, but he is not competing in this race.

The squad covered the 17.2 miles in 30 minutes, 45 seconds at the sprint finish, 31 seconds ahead of German team T-Mobile, led by Paris-Nice winner Alexandre Vinokourov ...

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