Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won the prologue time trial of the 2013 Ruta Del Sol in Spain on Sunday.

Valverde cruised around the six kilometre circuit two seconds ahead of  second-placed Simon Spilak (Katusha), and four seconds ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) in third and Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto-Belisol) in fourth.

The four-day UCI 2.1-ranked race continues on Monday with a 163.9km road stage from San Fernando to Ubrique. The race concludes on Wednesday February 20.

Bauke Mollema, tenth

Stef Clement, sixth

Jurgen Van Den Broeck, fourth

Tyler Farrar, third

Simon Spilak, second

Alejadnro Valverde, winner

Alejandro Valverde takes the early lead

  • Andrew Livesey

    Fantastic photos, make me feel like I’m in Spain. A great opener for the European Season