BAAR, Switzerland (AP) Home favorite Fabian Cancellara rode on rain-slicked roads to win the opening prologue of the nine-day Tour of Switzerland on Saturday.
Cancellara, the former world and Olympic champion in time trial, was one second faster than Jurgen Roelandts of Belgium to clock seven minutes 38 seconds for the 6.4-kilometer (4-mile) route.
The 35-year-old Trek-Segafredo racer, who will retire after the season, says: “Having a win in my last Tour de Suisse means a lot.”
Luke Durbridge of Australia was third, trailing two seconds behind Cancellara.
Peter Sagan, the world road race champion from Slovakia, was 19 seconds back in 30th place.
The Swiss race, the last major warm-up for the Tour de France in July, continues Sunday with a 187.6-kilometer (116.6-mile) route around Baar.
GENT, Belgium (AP) Olympic road champion Greg Van Avermaet won his second race in three days Sunday, beating fellow Belgian Jens Keukeleire in a two-man sprint finish to take the Gent-Wevelgem classic.
World champion Peter Sagan of Slovakia, who won last year’s race, finished third.
The 249-kilometer (154.7-mile) race through Belgium included two ascents of the steep, cobbled Kemmelberg hill, one of the iconic climbs of the spring classics season.
Last year’s race was overshadowed by the death of Belgian rider Antoine Demoitie after a fall.
Sagan fell Friday in the E3 Harelbeke, which Van Avermaet also won to add to his victory last month in Het Nieuwsblad.
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain won his second Tour of Catalonia on Sunday.
Valverde secured the victory by finishing first in the 139-kilometer (86-mile) seventh stage, perfectly timing his final sprint at a hilltop overlooking Barcelona.
He finished the weeklong race more than one minute ahead of Alberto Contador and Marc Soler, who closed out the all-Spanish podium.
Valverde won despite receiving a one-minute time penalty Wednesday after race officials ruled that some Movistar riders pushed one another in Tuesday’s team time trial.
The 36-year-old Valverde had won two other stages.
Valverde also won the race in northeastern Spain in 2009, the same year he clinched the Spanish Vuelta for his only Grand Tour title.
Three-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome fell out of contention during Saturday’s stage.