Adam Yates fourth as Valverde seals Volta

Alejandro Valverde (second left) crosses the line on Sunday

Britain’s Adam Yates narrowly missed out on a podium finish as Alejandro Valverde claimed his second Volta a Catalunya title.

Orica rider Yates, 24, finished fourth overall, one minute and 31 seconds behind Valverde, who won Sunday’s seventh and final stage.

Alberto Contador was second in the final classification, with Valverde’s Movistar team-mate Marc Soler completing an all-Spanish top three.

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