Michael Barry could be forgiven for feeling somewhat vindicated by the recent criticism of Team Sky’s ethics in the seasons that he rode for them. After all, two years ago, the team’s management effectively dismissed the Canadian cyclist as a liar when he said that Sir Dave Brailsford’s squad had raced unnecessarily on the painkiller Tramadol after he joined them in 2010. At the time Barry had no obvious reason to fabricate the claim, given that he was retired, far removed from the World Tour and not looking to rejoin it in any capacity.
Veteran Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde claimed his fifth Tour of Andalusia win in six years as he held off compatriot Alberto Contador to win by just one second on Sunday. Belgium's Tim Wellens won the 151.5km fifth stage from Setenil de las Bodegas to Coin in a breakaway group in a time of 3hrs 58min 31sec from Australia's Simon Clarke and another Belgian Victor Campenaerts. Both Valverde and Contador crossed the line as part of the peloton 1min 45sec back.