Heavy rain, snow and the threat of more adverse weather saw race organisers make the decision to cancel the general classification element of the stage.
That ensured that overall positions remained the same, with Wout Poels and Diego Rosa retaining fourth and fifth places overall, 29 seconds back on yellow jersey holder Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).
There was still a stage win up for grabs on the drying 23.3km course to Calpe, with BMC Racing picking up the victory in a benchmark time of 27 minutes and 25 seconds.
After the stage Sport Director Servais Knaven shone some light on the conditions and praised the decision of the race organisers.
He told TeamSky.com: “It was the right decision from the organisers. At the end of the stage today you could see it had dried out a bit, but at one o’clock is was snowing at the start. There was a lot of water on the roads and the cars were crawling along. So it was impossible to do a full gas ride. Even on the course in the stage it was still dangerous in a few places. So it was a good decision from the organisers and they took it early before the race.
“The guys didn’t take any risks. They did a recon in the morning of the parcours and already you could see it was quite dangerous. The took it easy through the corners and that was it. Now it’s about getting ready for tomorrow which is a big day on the GC. We’ll see what we can do!”