Euskaltel and Samuel Sánchez were left to curse their bad luck after Sunday's stage two team time trial in the Giro d'Italia.
Ricardo Mestre's puncture inside the last two clicks forced the team to a near stand-still as they had to sit up and wait for their team-mate, seeing valuable seconds going down the drain in the process.
As it turned out, Euskaltel finished a minute down on Bradley Wiggins' Sky, meaning the Euskaltel team leader is the worst-placed pre-race overall candidate on GC heading into Monday's stage three.
"We were going well in the first part", he says according to BiciCiclismo. "But unfortunately Ricardo Mestre suffered a puncture towards the end. I think we may have lost 20 seconds, perhaps even half a minute.
"It was pure bad luck".
Despite suffering yet another bad start to a Grand Tour campaign, the Asturian prefers to look at it from a positive side.
"I'm pleased with my condition. Unexpected things like that can happen, but let's hope that we've now had our dose of bad luck and that we'll be more lucky soon".