Simon Yates breaks away to win Volta a Catalunya final stage as Valverde seals overall

Second placed Egan Bernal crashes out of the race after a Movistar rider goes down in front of him on a descent

Simon Yates wins the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya 2018 (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won a breathless final stage of the Volta a Catalunya, attacking on a climb around 4km from the finish to escape clear from a four-man breakaway group to solo to victory.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) stood firm on a day with lots of attacks to seal overall victory.

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Stephen Puddicombe is a freelance journalist for Cycling Weekly, who regularly contributes to our World Tour racing coverage with race reports, news stories, interviews and features. Outside of cycling, he also enjoys writing about film and TV - but you won't find much of that content embedded into his CW articles.