Antonio Molina soloed to a commanding win at the Vuelta a Navarra on Saturday.
The Caja Rural rider reached the line in Villatuerta a full 34 seconds ahead of the nearest challenger, his team-mate Fernando Grijalba, to race into the overall lead in the two-day event.
The 22-year-old proved a class apart on the many climbs littered along the route in Miguel Indurain's home region, handing his team yet another win of what's turning into quite the sublime season.
Third across the line was the always-potent Pablo Lechuga of Cajamar.
The race concludes on Sunday with a stage from Estella to Pamplona.
Results (full results here):
- 1, Antonio Molina (Caja Rural), 3:54:56
- 2, Fernando Grijalba (Caja Rural), 0:34
- 3, Pablo Lechuga (Cajamar), s.t.
- 4, Miguel Ángel Benito (Caja Rural), s.t.
- 5, Antton Ibargruen (Telco'm), s.t.
- 6, Higinio Fernández (Lizarte), s.t.
- 7, Beñat Txoperena (Gipuzkoa-Eki Sport), s.t.
- 8, Óscar Hernández (GSport-Valencia Terra i Mar), s.t.
- 9, Cristobal Sánchez (Cajamar), 0:41
- 10, Noel Martín (Hostal Latorre), 1:25