Tim Wellens wins Ruta del Sol stage five from breakaway as Valverde seals GC

Valverde stayed safe and finished with the same time as his nearest rival in the overall, Alberto Contador

Tim Wellens celebrates as he crosses the finish line winning the last stage of the Ruta del Sol 2017. / AFP / JORGE GUERRERO / Getty Images

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Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) won the sprint from a seven-man breakaway group to win the final stage of the 2017 Ruta del Sol, as Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sealed the overall.

Wellens beat Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) and Victor Campenaerts (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the final push for the line, making a powerful effort to claim the victory on a blustery and wet day in southern Spain.

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