Valverde wins the GP Miguel Indurain

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) continued his run of spring success on Saturday, winning the GP Miguel Indurain race with a solo attack.

The 37-year-old had been tempted to stay in Belgium for Sunday's Tour of Flanders after impressing at the mid-week Dwars door Vlaanderen. However, he preferred to head back to Spain and captained the Movistar team to take his ninth victory of 2018 in what is the team's home race.

Mitchelton-Scott only had five riders in the warm-up race for the Vuelta al Pais Vasco but still tried to take on Movistar in the finale, sending Jack Haig up the road in the early break and then in a solo move. However, Valverde used his teammates wisely to lead the chase and launch other attacks, before making his own move on the Alto de Muru, the final climb of the race.

Carlos Verona tried to defend Mitchelton-Scott's pride and went with him but was dropped on a short climb two kilometres from the finish. Valverde savoured a solo victory in Estella and was immediately congratulated by Miguel Indurain in person. 

Verona finished 20 seconds behind, with Australian Nick Schulz (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) an impressive third at 1:04, leading home a front group of 14 riders that formed in the finale.

"I'm very happy to be able to win this edition for all that it means, with a tribute to (former team manager) José Miguel Echávarri. It's always a beautiful race but this time I wanted to come and ride for him," Valverde said, confirming the real reason why he preferred to return to Spain and miss the Tour of Flanders.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team4:41:18
2Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton Scott0:00:20
3Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:01:04
4Eduard Prades (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -0:01:16
5Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:19
7Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha Alpecin0:01:30
8Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:01:43
9Simon Pilak (Slo) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 8 - Cell 2
10Dmitrii Strakhov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:02:03
11Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -0:02:59
12César Fonte (Por) W52-Fc Porto0:04:08
13Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:05:19
14Alexander Evtushenko (Rus) Lokosphinx0:05:28
15Brandon Mcnulty (USA) Rally Cycling0:06:26
16Domingos Gonçalves (Por) Radio Popular - Boavista0:07:36
17Robert Power (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:07:55
18Fernando Barcelo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -0:08:11
19Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -0:08:13
20Alexander Vdovin (Rus) LokosphinxRow 19 - Cell 2
21Remy Di Gregorio (Fra) Delko Marseille ProvenceRow 20 - Cell 2
22Jordi Simon (Spa) Burgos - BhRow 21 - Cell 2
23Robert Kišerlovski (Cro) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 22 - Cell 2
24Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural - Seguros RgaRow 23 - Cell 2
25Rui Vinhas (Por) W52-Fc PortoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ibai Azurmendi (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 25 - Cell 2
27Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally Cycling0:08:23
28David Lozano (Spa) Team Novo NordisRow 27 - Cell 2
29Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 28 - Cell 2
30Oscar Cabedo (Spa) Burgos - BhRow 29 - Cell 2
31Joao Rodrigues (Por) W52-Fc PortoRow 30 - Cell 2
32Beñat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -Row 31 - Cell 2
33Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RgaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Luís Gomes (Por) Radio Popular - BoavistaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michel Ries (Lux) Polartec Kometa0:08:27
36Romain Combaud (Fra) Delko Marseille ProvenceRow 35 - Cell 2
37Danilo Celano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros Rga0:08:31
38Aritz Bagues (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -0:08:32
39Txomin Juaristi Arrieta (Spa) Team Euskadi0:08:33
40Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Interpro Stradalli CyclinRow 39 - Cell 2
41Ian Boswell (USA) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 40 - Cell 2
42Juan A Lopez-Cozar (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 41 - Cell 2
43Jokin Etxabe Leturia (Spa) Interpro Stradalli CyclinRow 42 - Cell 2
44Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RgaRow 43 - Cell 2
45Josu Zabala (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RgaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Colin Joyce (USA) Rally Cycling0:08:42
47Nigel Ellsay (Can) Rally CyclingRow 46 - Cell 2
48Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:08:47
49José Fernandes (Por) W52-Fc PortoRow 48 - Cell 2
50Emerson Oronte (USA) Rally Cycling0:08:55
51Dmitrii Sokolov (Rus) Lokosphinx0:08:57
52Delio Fernandez (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence0:09:10
53Mauro Finetto (Ita) Delko Marseille Provence0:09:21
54Rein Taaramäe (Est) Direct Energie0:09:58
55Angel Madrazo (Spa) Delko Marseille Provence0:11:34
56Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Inteja Dominican Cycling0:13:20
57Jorge Cubero (Spa) Burgos - Bh0:13:26
58Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Team EuskadiRow 57 - Cell 2
59Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos - BhRow 58 - Cell 2
60Joaquim Silva (Por) Caja Rural - Seguros RgaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Team Euskadi0:13:31
62Nicolas Sessler (Bra) Burgos - Bh0:13:33
63Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) Delko Marseille Provence0:17:02
64Charles Planet (Fra) Team Novo Nordis0:18:36
65Joonas Henttala (Fin) Team Novo NordisRow 64 - Cell 2
66Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Burgos - Bh0:18:46
67Ryan Anderson (Can) Rally Cycling0:18:51
68Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Mitchelton Scott0:20:41
69Michael Albasini (GBr) Mitchelton ScottRow 68 - Cell 2
70Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Direct Energie0:21:19
71Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 70 - Cell 2
72Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 71 - Cell 2
73Jeremy Cornu (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 72 - Cell 2
74Fabien Grellier (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 73 - Cell 2
75Emanuel Mini (Arg) Team Novo Nordis0:21:30
76Hendrus Van Ijzendoorn (Ned) Team Novo NordisRow 75 - Cell 2
77Umberto Poli (Ita) Team Novo NordisRow 76 - Cell 2
78Andrea Peron (Ita) Team Novo NordisRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jon Ander Insausti (Spa) Team Euskadi0:22:51
80Peio Goikoetxea Goiogana (Spa) Team Euskadi0:23:32
81Mikel Elorza (Spa) Inteja Dominican CyclingRow 80 - Cell 2
82Artem Samolenkov (Rus) LokosphinxRow 81 - Cell 2
83Albert Torres Barcelo (Spa) Inteja Dominican CyclingRow 82 - Cell 2
DNFWinner A. Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
DNFJaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
DNFAntonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 85 - Cell 2
DNFNathan Haas (Aus) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 86 - Cell 2
DNFJhonatan Restrepo (Col) Team Katusha AlpecinRow 87 - Cell 2
DNFJavier Moreno (Spa) Delko Marseille ProvenceRow 88 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Rodriguez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country -Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFMatvey Mamykin (Rus) Burgos - BhRow 90 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Magner (USA) Rally CyclingRow 91 - Cell 2
DNFJuan Camacho (Spa) Polartec KometaRow 92 - Cell 2
DNFAwet Habtom Tekle (Eri) Polartec KometaRow 93 - Cell 2
DNFDiego P. Sevilla (Spa) Polartec KometaRow 94 - Cell 2
DNFMiguel Ballesteros (Spa) Polartec KometaRow 95 - Cell 2
DNFIsaac Canton (Spa) Polartec KometaRow 96 - Cell 2
DNFPatrick Gamper (Aut) Polartec KometaRow 97 - Cell 2
DNFJose Alfredo Aguirre (Mex) Inteja Dominican CyclingRow 98 - Cell 2
DNFIgnacio Sarabia Diaz (Mex) Inteja Dominican CyclingRow 99 - Cell 2
DNFAdrian S Nuñez (Dom) Inteja Dominican CyclingRow 100 - Cell 2
DNFJesus Alberto Rubio (Spa) Inteja Dominican CyclingRow 101 - Cell 2
DNFYukinori Hishinuma (Jpn) Interpro Stradalli CyclinRow 102 - Cell 2
DNFJayson Rousseau (Fra) Interpro Stradalli CyclinRow 103 - Cell 2
DNFKen-Levi Eikeland (Nor) Interpro Stradalli CyclinRow 104 - Cell 2
DNFJonas Hjorth (Nor) Interpro Stradalli CyclinRow 105 - Cell 2
DNFYury Trofimov (Rus) Radio Popular - BoavistaRow 106 - Cell 2
DNFEgor Silin (Rus) Radio Popular - BoavistaRow 107 - Cell 2
DNFJoão Salgado (Por) Radio Popular - BoavistaRow 108 - Cell 2
DNFFilipe Cardoso (Por) Radio Popular - BoavistaRow 109 - Cell 2
DNFOscar Pelegri (Spa) Radio Popular - BoavistaRow 110 - Cell 2
DNFMamyr Stash (Rus) LokosphinxRow 111 - Cell 2
DNFAngel Lorenzo Sanchez (Spa) W52-Fc PortoRow 112 - Cell 2
DNFAntónio Carvalho (Por) W52-Fc PortoRow 113 - Cell 2
DNFTiago Ferreira (Por) W52-Fc PortoRow 114 - Cell 2

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