Posted by Galius Sun on Sunday, March 26, 2017 Under: MOVISTAR Team
Valverde rounds off second Catalunya GC success with third stage win in Barcelona; Soler takes magnificent 3rd overall, Blues finish as best team in a race they owned for the entire week.
Alejandro Valverde crowned its overall victory in the 97th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya with a third stage victory in Barcelona. 'Bala' claimed honours at the 138km course, with eight laps of the famous Montjuïc mountain, to again respond to perfect Movistar team-work. Dan Martin's (QST) acceleration into the final kilometers encouraged the man from Murcia to anticipate a selected field's sprint and complete a week's exhibition victorious on the line –his 7th win of 2017, the 104th of his pro career–.
The Movistar Team rounded off an excellent week that saw the Blues claiming all four main classifications of the first Spanish WorldTour race of the season, putting up their 2017 victory tally to 13 in the process. With the only exceptions of Alberto Contador (TFS), 2nd overall, and Pierre Rolland (CDT), winner of the intermediate sprints' classification, the telephone squad's members were the only to step onto the final podium: Valverde won the GC and the KOM classification; Marc Soler finished 3rd as best Young Rider; and the Movistar riders were deservedly proclaimed the best squad in the race.
Valverde's success is his second in the Volta a Catalunya after winning the 2009 race, and marks the eighth overall triumph for Eusebio Unzué's organization, with Indurain ('88, '91, '92), Chava Jiménez ('00), Karpets ('07) and Nairo Quintana (2016). Soler confirms his promising future, after signs of character with last year's Route du Sud queen stage victory and this month's third-place finish at the final stage of Paris-Nice.
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