Unstoppable Alejandro Valverde wins final stage of Volta a Catalunya to win overall

Chris Froome and Dan Martin involved in late attacks, but Alejandro Valverde stamps his authority on the 2017 Volta a Catalunya with third stage win and overall victory

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

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

No-one could stop Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claiming his third stage win in the 2017 Volta a Catalunya, and taking the overall victory in the Spanish WorldTour race on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Spaniard won the final stage after a late escape with Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and holding off the chasing bunch by handful of centimetres. Colombian Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) came across the line in second, banging his handlebars in frustration at the missed opportunity. Frenchman Arthur Vichot (FDJ) placed third.

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