March 24, 2015

OLOT, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain sprinted away from a tightly-bunched pack to win the rain-swept second stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old rider finished in five hours, two minutes, 49 seconds, just ahead of Movistar teammate Jose Rojas of Spain and Switzerland's Martin Elmiger, both of whom had the same time as Valverde.

Maciej Paterski of Poland retained the overall lead at the end of the 191.8-kilometer (119-mile) mountain stage from Mataro to Olot.

Wednesday's third stage will be a 156.6 kilometer (97.3 mile) mountain stage in and around Girona, featuring two category 1 climbs.

The seven-stage race is due to end in Barcelona on Sunday.

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