Alejandro Valverde beats Chris Froome and Alberto Contador to Volta a Catalunya stage five win

Overall rivals battle it out on the climb to Lo Port as Alejandro Valverde takes his second stage win to claim the overall race lead

Alejandro Valverde wins stage five of the Volta a Catalunya 2017.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took his second stage victory in the 2017 Volta a Catalunya on Friday after engaging in a climbing battle with overall rivals Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo).

The three Grand Tour stars were part of a select lead group on the steep final climb of Lo Port. Valverde was evidently the stronger of the trio, having benefitted from the work of team-mate and young rider classification leader Marc Soler.

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