2009 Vuelta winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) moved into the race lead after taking victory in the first uphill finish of this year's race in Eibar.

Valverde outsprinted Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Great Britain's Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) at the end of a thrilling stage which saw the GC contender show their hands just three days into the race. The select four-man group broke away after Contador attacked 2.4km from the finish on the first-category Alto de Arrate. He was the stage's main aggressor, frequently injecting pace into a lead group severely whittled down by the arduous nature of the climb. Full race report can be found at Cycling Weekly