Alejandro Valverde seals overall victory in Tour of the Basque Country

Primož Roglič wins final stage individual time trial as Alejandro Valverde comes home in second place to seal the overall win

Alejandro Valverde.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Alejandro Valverde’s stellar season continued on Saturday with his first overall win at the 2017 Tour of the Basque Country. The Movistar rider’s second place in the final stage six time trial was enough to secure victory ahead of compatriot Alberto Contador (Trek-Segfredo) and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida).

Contador had begun the day just three seconds behind Valverde and, while he had an advantage for much of the race, 36-year-old Valverde gradually brought the deficit down, eventually beating his rival by 14 seconds.

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