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Valverde, centre, flanked to his left by Alberto Contador and, right, Thibaut Pinot.
Valverde, centre, flanked to his left by Alberto Contador and, right, Thibaut Pinot. / EFE

Historic win for Alejandro Valverde in the Ruta del Sol

  • Victory in the Vuelta a Andalucía was the Spaniard's 100th victory in all competitions

The 63rd Vuelta a Andalucía, the region’s biggest professional cycling race, came to a head on Sunday with Alejandro Valverde, one of Spain’s most prolific cyclists taking overall first place.

Contrary to what the competition’s nickname, ‘Ruta del Sol’, suggests, on the fifth and final day of the race, Valverde and his rivals had to endure the stormy weather conditions that hit Malaga province over the weekend. From the beginning of the last instalment, in Setenil de las Bodegas (Cadiz), competitors had to battle through wind, rain and sleet during both the ascent and descent to make it across the finish line in Coín.

The stage was won by Belgian Tim Wellens, but Valverde topped the podium, flanked by compatriot Alberto Contador, who came second, and Frenchman Thibaut Pinot.

Despite the milestone achievement, after completing the race, Valverde stated that he has no intention of slowing down and hopes to continue his winning streak.