THE Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde has made history today by winning the five-day Tour of Andalucia cycle race for the third consecutive year.

Team Sky’s Richie Porte was second and Luis Leon Sanchez was a close third.

The Dutch rider Moreno Hofland won today’s fourth and final stage from Ubrique (Cadiz) to Fuengirola (Malaga) with a sprint completing the 159.8 km stage in 4 hours, 9 minutes and 53 seconds.

The 60th Ruta del Sol covered 733.7 kilometres and passed through eight Andalucian provinces.

British cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins - who finished in 71st place - takes refreshment near Ronda. Photograph: Karl Smallman
British cycling hero Sir Bradley Wiggins – who finished in 71st place – takes refreshment near Ronda. Photograph: Karl Smallman
The leading pack head into Ronda. Photograph: Karl Smallman
The leading pack head into Ronda. Photograph: Karl Smallman
The last stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia in the Serrania de Ronda today
The last stage of the Vuelta a Andalucia in the Serrania de Ronda today. Photograph: Karl Smallman
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