Valverde claims sensational victory, the Movistar Team's 11th of the 2017 season, after immense Lo Port climb -with huge support from Marc Soler (4th)- to reach top of GC in Volta, just two days from the end of the race.Alejandro Valverde was again unstoppable on the Cat-1 climb of Lo Port, end of stage five in the Volta a Catalunya. The Movistar Team's GC hope got back to the race leader on Friday, three days after being neglected the jersey following a controversional, collective one-minute penalty after Banyoles' team time trial. His win atop La Molina on Wednesday was the prelude of a sensational second victory in three days –his 5th of the season, the 102nd of his pro career– and the crown of a superb Movistar team-work –despite losing a man, as Jonathan Castroviejo fell sick and was DNS in the morning– all over the stage.

Windy roads before the last climb propelled the lads directed by José Luis Arrieta and José Luis Laguía to break the peloton into four echelons through the lands of the Ebro delta, before Rubén Fernández and, most notably, a stellar Marc Soler took over into the climb. It was the 23-year-old Catalan climber who again showed his impressive talent to lead a five-man elite group –alongside Valverde, Contador, Froome and Adam Yates– that covered the last four kilometers together. Just before the 'flamme rouge', 'Bala' made his decisive move to leave all rivals behind and don the 'blanc-i-verd' jersey over the podium.

The Movistar Team will now have to defend respective 21" and 47" gaps with Valverde against Froome and Contador –Soler sits 4th in the GC–. Two stages are remaining, starting with Saturday's lumpy roads between Tortosa and Reus, which include the Cat-1 La Mussara ascent, 40km from the end.