Alejandro Valverde scores his first victory of the 2015 season on the third day of the Challenge Mallorca. Photos by Andy Jones

Last year’s WorldTour champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) picked up his first victory of the 2015 season, winning the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana on Saturday.

Valverde took a solo win on the third day of the Challenge Mallorca, going one better than the previous day when he was beaten by Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka).

Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) placed second at one minute and 23 seconds, with Sky new recruit Leopold Konig coming home 10 seconds further back for third.

The 2015 Challenge Mallorca concludes on Sunday with the Trofeo Palma de Mallorca.

Result
Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in  4-34-29
2. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto-Soudal at 1-23
3. Leopold Konig (Cze) Sky at 1-33
4. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar at 2-10
5. Marc De Maar (Ned) Roompot  at same time
6. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar at 2-53
7. Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
8. Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto-Soudal
9. Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing
10. Kudus Merhawi (Eri) MTN-Qhubeka at same time

Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana Vaverde-wins

Valverde crosses the line

Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana Podium
Wellens, Valverde and Konig on the podiumTrofeo Serra de Tramuntana Valverde-&-Costa