Volta a Catalunya: Alejandro Valverde wins stage three, Geraint Thomas into third

Movistar's Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde (R) celebrates as he crosses first the finish line followed by Quick Step Floors' Irish rider Daniel Martin

Spain’s Alejandro Valverde responded to losing the lead of the Volta a Catalunya because of a team penalty by winning the third stage on Wednesday.

Valverde had topped the standings after Movistar won Tuesday’s time trial, only for officials to broaden an initial penalty to team-mate Jose Joaquin Rojas across the whole team.

Valverde then outsprinted Ireland’s Daniel Martin to win stage three.