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