Lopez wins Vuelta a Andalucia as Hayter claims final stage

Miguel Angel Lopez won the Vuelta a Andalucia on Saturday, after the fifth and final stage between Vera and Pulpi ended in a reduced group sprint won by Ethan Hayter.

Hayter, who had already won the second stage on Wednesday, edged German Philipp Walsleben (Alpecin-Fenix) and Toms Skujins (Trek-Segafredo).

Lopez came in fourth to ensure overall victory.

“We finished the day in the best way,” he said. “We came here with a good mindset, wanting to do something significant and take this Vuelta a Andalucia seriously.

“We had already raced in Romandie, to take the pulse of the peloton after those seven months without racing, then a couple of days in the Challenge de Mallorca and here we came with the desire to fight for a stage. And look what we found.”

Lopez took the race lead by winning the third stage on Thursday. Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma) was second overall, 20 seconds behind the Colombian, and Julen Amezqueta (Caja Rural), third at 1min 10sec.

The Movistar leader will race the Criterium du Dauphine before going to the Tour de France.

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