ALHAURIN DE LA TORRE, Spain (AP) Chris Froome of Sky held off Alberto Contador to win the Andalucia Vuelta on Sunday, to mark the start of the season with a victory over one of his direct rivals for the upcoming grand tours.
Froome finished the five-day race in southern Spain two seconds ahead of his fellow Tour de France winner.
Contador's Movistar teammate Juanjo Lobato won the final stage, a 170-kilometer (105-mile) ride from Montilla to Alhaurin de la Torre.
Froome protected his lead that he had earned in the fourth stage on Saturday.
Contador beat Froome to claim last season's Spanish Vuelta after both withdrew from the Tour.