Alejandro Valverde of Spain won his second Tour of Catalonia on Sunday. Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh stage, perfectly timing his final sprint at a hilltop overlooking Barcelona. He finished the weeklong race more than one minute ahead of Alberto Contador and Marc Soler, who closed out the all-Spanish podium. Valverde won despite receiving a one-minute time penalty Wednesday after race officials ruled that some Movistar riders pushed one another in Tuesday's team time trial. The 36-year-old Valverde had won two other stages. Valverde also won the race in northeastern Spain in 2009, the same year he clinched the Spanish Vuelta for his only
British cycling great Bradley Wiggins has promised he will have a "lot to say" and "shock a few people" when he finally comments on allegations he may have broken anti-doping rules. The former Team Sky rider added he would have "a lot to say" when UK Anti-Doping finished its investigation into allegations he was injected with triamcinolone, a powerful corticosteroid, at the end of the 2011 Criterium du Dauphine race. Triamcinolone is a banned substance unless riders have a therapeutic use exemption -- an official note allowing them to use otherwise prohibited drugs for the treatment of a legitimate medical condition.
Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet came out on top of a three-man sprint to win the E3 Harelbeke as Belgian riders secured a 1-2-3 finish in the one-day cobbled race on Friday. Van Avermaet edged former world champion Philippe Gilbert. Oliver Naesen completed the podium.