The Movistar rider was part of a leading duo for around 25 kilometres on Monday's stage.
The Manxman takes aim at Spanish Grand Tour after finishing second in Sunday's Tour of Britain opener.
JLT-Condor's Richard Handley also expected to join the British squad for 2016.
The Manxman says Etixx-Quick Step are unlikely to work to control each stage.
As predicted by CW, the former British road race champion will switch to the fledgling British team next season.
Trek Factory Racing finishes fastest in a chaotic bunch sprint in Lleida; Fabio Aru remains in red.
Race forms part of this year's Herefordshire Festival of Sport - online sportive entries close on Friday.
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The Merseysider rode the London 2012 road race and was part of Matrix Fitness' 2015 line-up.
Former British champion to continue in the sport; One Pro Cycling a possible destination.
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The Manxman is "keeping his options open" when it comes to riding on the track at the 2016 Games.
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Last year's RideLondon winner set to leave Orica-GreenEdge at the end of 2015.
The 55-year-old man collapsed on the lower slopes of Leith Hill and died at the scene.
The sprinter only landed in the capital this afternoon - and races in Germany tomorrow.
Highly-rated Irishman reportedly on the verge of joining the American WorldTour team.