Valverde takes 2nd in Ubrique and keeps the red jersey after great work from the entire Movistar Team -1st overall-, with Moreno and Quintana (new KOM) into the 20-rider elite group

Alejandro Valverde keeps the 2013 Ruta del Sol's red jersey on his shoulders. A difficult 164km stage from San Fernando to Ubrique, with the tough Puerto de Las Palomas (Cat. 1) in the run to the finish, was the first test for the telephone squad, controlling the day's breakaway with Imanol Erviti and Iván Gutiérrez for over four hours before José Joaquín Rojas and Rubén Plaza led the bunch in the first slopes of the day's most important climb.

During the Las Palomas climb, Nairo Quintana made the decisive move and jumped together with Navarro (COF) from the 20-rider group that ended up fighting for victory in Ubrique. The Colombian did not achieve his goal of contesting the victory in his debut race of 2013, but took the green KOM jersey before being reeled back by the chasers. Frenchman Jonathan Hivert (SOJ) overtook Valverde as the Spaniard stays in red -also in charge, but not materially, of the blue points jersey-. With two days to go, the rider from Murcia is still on top of the standings -with 20 iders in one minute- as Quintana (7th) and local Javi Moreno (12th) climb after making the front group for Movistar Team, also first at the collective rankings. Full Race Report here.