After the hard crash and injury by Pablo Lastras yesterday in the Queen stage of the Volta a Catalunya, Alejandro Valverde and the Movistar Team went into day five of the event - 195km between Alp and Valls, hometown of the late Xavi Tondo- looking to dedicate him a victory. And they succeeded. The Spaniard rewarded the fans with yet another exhibition of cycling so far in this 2015 season as the strongest man on course in the finale, following splendid tactics from the lads directed by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Laguía.

Echelons caused into the crosswinds by riders from the telephone squad, together with Team Sky, reduced the main bunch to around twenty riders, not including neither Dan Martin (GRS) nor race leader Bart De Clercq (LTS). The crucial help by Herrada and Anacona was later followed by a great Rubén Fernández, who pushed at the front to increase the gaps towards one minute on the foot of the Alt de Lilla (Cat-2), the final difficulty of the day. There, the Murcia-based youngster left responsibility to Alejandro Valverde, who launched a strong attacked which only eight riders could follow, and kept the pace high into the descent.

Three kilometers from the finish, the lack of cooperation and a small gap into the group let Valverde search for a late move and come victorious across the line, five seconds ahead of the first group for his 86th pro victory, third of his 2015 season (Movistar Team's 12th this year). The Spaniard climbs into fourth overall, 16" behind new blanc-i-verd jersey holder Richie Porte (SKY) with two stages to go -a predictable sprint in Port Aventura (Saturday) and the Montjuïc showdown on Sunday-, where anything could happen.