Saturday 21 October 2017

Valverde fends off Martin attack

Martin had to settle for a fifth-place final stage finish which left him in sixth place overall. Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / Sportsfile
Martin had to settle for a fifth-place final stage finish which left him in sixth place overall. Picture credit: Stephen McMahon / Sportsfile

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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) powered his way to a second Volta a Catalunya triumph with a superbly-timed third and final stage win yesterday.

Valverde fought off a late attack from Dan Martin (Quick Step Floors) with just three kilometres remaining in the last of eight hilly laps in Montjuic.

However, Martin had to settle for a fifth-place final stage finish which left him in sixth place overall - 02.29 minutes behind the Movistar winner.

Valverde had the advantage of a 53-second lead into the seventh and final stage before heading the sprint over the line in Barcelona's Montjuic Park to claim the title yesterday.

That left him 63 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador in the final classification and a further 13 seconds clear of team-mate Marc Soler in an all-Spanish top three.

Team Sky's Chris Froome, whose hopes evaporated during stage six, had to make do with 30th place.

Meanwhile, Froome's Irish team-mate Philip Deignan finished 1.16.04 in the general classification.

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