The excellent work of the whole Movistar Team on taking the weather and the final difficulties into their advantage on stage two of the Volta a Catalunya paid off more than one could even dream. Olot, the city where the late Xavi Tondo lived for his last few years, saw Alejandro Valverde and José Joaquín Rojas crossing the line together in a splendid one-two for the Blues.

The squad directed by Arrieta and Laguía took control of the race back from race leader Maciej Paterski's CCC-Sprandi squad before the Alt de Montagut (Cat-3), the first of two climbs set to lead the race into a soft, fast final 6km. With many of the sprinters dropping back, the telephone squad kept insisting together with several squads until the very last slope into the finish, where the two Spaniards overcame the leadout by Etixx and celebrated together.

It's Valverde's second victory of the 2015 season, after his exhibition in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana during the Challenge Mallorca, and the 11th by the telephone squad, which repeated their exploit from two years before after Quintana and Valverde himself snatched another amazing one-two in the Vallter 2000 climb. Alejandro and JJ are now fourth and fifth overall as the race takes on another group of small mountains in Wednesday's Girona circuit (157km.)