A surprising win on the Green Mountain queen stage ensured overall victory for Rafael Valls of Lampre-Merida, only his second ever professional win. For the second year in a row BMC’s Tejay van Garderen kicked off his season with second place both on Green Mountain and in the general classification. Alejandro Valverde continued his good form with third place on the podium.
In what was hopefully a taster of things to come on the roads of France in July, both Chris Froome and Alberto Contador landed telling blows and took a stage apiece, with Sky’s team leader taking the overall spoils by just two seconds after a pulsating battle in the Andalucian mountains. Continue reading