Valverde loses time to Bernal but keeps Volta a Catalunya lead

Movistar's Nairo Quintana, Marc Soler, and Alejandro Valverde

Volta a Catalunya leader Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) came through the final Pyrenean stage with a minor time loss to second-placed Egan Bernal (Team Sky) but still in command of the race. Valverde lost time to Bernal when the Colombian won an intermediate sprint, with his overall advantage dropping to 16 seconds. However, on the final unclassified climb of the stage, after numerous attacks by GC rivals including Bernal, it was Valverde who soared over the summit at the head of the main pack. Finishing eighth on the stage, Valverde now has put the hardest days, in terms of terrain, behind him. But with Bernal keen to keep chipping away at his lead and less than 20 seconds between the two top racers, the Movistar man said afterwards that it remained far from certain he would win his third Volta a Catalunya on Sunday in Barcelona. "The toughest stages ...

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