Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde wins Tour of Catalonia for 2nd time

Not even a one-minute time penalty could stop a dominant Alejandro Valverde from winning his second Tour of Catalonia.

Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh stage on Sunday, perfectly timing his final sprint at a hilltop overlooking Barcelona to beat Jarlinson Pantano of Colombia at the line.

Valverde had received the penalty on Wednesday after race officials ruled that some Movistar riders pushed one another in Tuesday's team time trial. The Spaniard quickly rebounded, though, and stayed in control through the end of the race in northeastern Spain.

"Fantastic week," Valverde said. "The team was great...