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Alejandro Valverde wins round 3 at Mallorca Challenge

Alejandro Valverde wins round 3 at the Mallorca Challenge as teammate Rory Sutherland crashes out with a broken collarbone

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) soloed to victory on Saturday in the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana, the third day of the Mallorca Challenge.

At the front for much of the race, Valverde went it alone 30km from the finish and won his first victory of the season by more than a minute ahead of Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal). Leopold König (Sky) finished third.

The Movistar leader proved Friday that he was in good form by finishing second in the Trofee Andratx-Mirador Es Colomer behind Stephen Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka).

Saturday proved a rough day for one of his teammates, though. Rory Sutherland, in just his second day in a Movistar jersey, crashed early and broke his left clavicle.

There were few details of what happened, but according to Movistar, the Australian all-rounder crashed on the descent off the Col d’En Claret after 17km.

Sutherland was transported by ambulance to a hospital in Palma de Mallorca, with acute pain to his left shoulder. X-rays later revealed a distal left collarbone fracture.

According to the team, Sutherland will return to his home in Girona, Spain, on Sunday, and undergo more checkups to see if surgery is necessary.

The 32-year-old Sutherland joined Movistar on a two-year deal to help Valverde and Nairo Quintana in the team’s major goals for 2015. Sutherland made his season debut in Movistar colors on Friday.

Sunday’s fourth and final day of the Mallorca Challenge, the 168km Trophée Playa de Palma-Palma), should be one for the sprinters.