Valverde je u svom stilu krenuo u napad na poslednjem usponu na 210 kilomtera dugoj etapi od Estepone.
Vozač Movistara izdržao je napad Irca Nikolasa Roša iz Skej tima i Petera Sagana iz Tinkof-Saksa, tako da je sedmi put u sezoni došao do trijumfa.
Roš je ostao i bez trećeg mesta, jer je Španac Dani Moreno bio spretniji na ciljnoj liniji, tako da as iz Skaja i dalje ima 15 sekundi zaostatka za vlasnikom crvene majice, Estebanom Čavesom iz Kolumbije.
Vuelta a Espanja 2021
Vozač Orika-GrinEdža ima pet sekundi prednosti u odnosu na Holanđanina Toma Dumolina, a Roš je treći u generalnom plasmanu,
Favoriti na Vuelti, Nairo Kintana i Kris Frum završili su bezbedno etapu sa grupom, koja je u vremenu pobednika završila dan.
Kintana je osmi u generalnom plasmanu sa 36 sekundi zaostatka za liderom, dok je Frum deveti sa 40 sekundi, sedam više od desetoplasiranog, Italijana Fabija Arua.
“Today my team stayed back because we have a long race ahead and we need to keep something back,” Valverde said after his latest win on home soil.
“We sat on with Katusha – we both rode very well and very tactically – and then for the last two hundred metres I flew. I knew Sagan was there on my wheel – I kept on getting flashes of his hair – but I knew I was the strongest and it was going to be my victory today.”
For his part, Sagan, winner of Monday’s stage three at Malaga, told Eurosport he struggled with the heat and said he was frustrated that Movistar did not lend a hand in chasing down a six-man group, which had built up a maximum lead of over thirteen minutes on the longest stage of the race.
“I spent a lot of time with my team-mates on the front of the group,” Sagan said. “I went to Alejandro Valverde to ask for Movistar to help but there was no interest.
“The final climb was steep and very hard. To be honest, I probably did too much work on the first part of the climb and then didn’t have the power in the final sprint.”
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108. izdanje Tur de Fransa