Alejandro Valverde bounced back from the disappointment of losing the overall lead in the tour of Catalonia Cycle Race overnight by winning the third stage at the Top of La Molina.

The Spaniard and his Movistar team mates were handed a one-minute penalty after race commissaries ruled that one of them had been illegally pushed by another during the team time trial.

Alejandro Valverde covered the 188.3 kilometer distance in five hours seven minutes and 12 seconds.

Valverde jumped ahead of a group of leading riders in the final climb to beat Ireland’s Dan Martin with Briton Adam Yates coming home in third position.

American Tejay Van Garderen, who ended the stage in eighth place, took the overall leader’s Jersey from Ben Hermans after the Belgian failed to sustain the pace in the last climb.

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