Volta a Catalunya: Alejandro Valverde beats Chris Froome in stage five climb

Alejandro Valverde

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde won a thrilling fifth stage ahead of rivals Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to take the lead at the Volta a Catalunya.

Movistar’s Valverde left his rivals behind with a superb burst on the steep climb to the finish in Tortosa.

Team Sky’s Froome, the Tour de France champion, beat Contador to the line for second place and trails Valverde by 21 seconds with two stages remaining.

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