The 61st Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol ended with the best possible result for Juanjo Lobato and the Movistar Team. The Spaniard took yet another convincing win into an uphill sprint as he claimed his second victory of the week -the third for the telephone squad, together with the ITT conquered by Javi Moreno- in Alhaurín, end of the 169km stage five from Montilla.

Javi Moreno and José Herrada made a huge work at the front for the last seventy kilometers to control a nine-man escape which lasted until the final 10k, with Paterski (CCC) as last survivor. Gorka Izagirre's support kept Lobato into top places so the Trebujena-based rider could wait for the appropriate moment -Beñat Intxausti launched an earlier acceleration to secure his podium place- and jump with the strength he's shown all over this week. John Degenkolb (TGA) was second, a few bike lenghts behind.

Movistar Team closes their month of February with seven wins and fantastic overall image and satisfaction. As Beñat Intxausti -3rd in the GC, behind Froome (SKY) and Contador (TCS)- and Valverde -also 3rd in the Tour of Oman- made it into Sunday's overall podiums, Unzué's squad takes a brief racing stop. The Strade Bianche (Saturday, March 7) will be their next outing.

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