Valverde committed to Quintana's Tour de France ambitions despite bid for Cherboug victory

Having finished third overall at the Giro d'Italia, Alejandro Valverde started the Tour de France with the clear ambition of helping Nairo Quintana in his bid for overall glory and Sueño Amarillo. Valverde's bid for victory in Cherbourg-Octeville on stage 2 could have been construed as the Spanish rider leaving his younger Colombian teammate to fend for himself on the uphill...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde puts up solid defence in Giro d'Italia time trial

Less than 24 hours after demonstrating his climbing prowess on the gravel roads of Arezzo, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) turned in a solid performance in the Giro d'Italia's first long time trial that keeps the Spanish veteran in the thick of the battle for the maglia rosa. Valverde took 22nd on the stage, just a few seconds down on Mikel Landa (Sky) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana...
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May 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Flech Wallonne for record 4th time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain became the first rider to win the Fleche Wallonne four times after a third straight title Wednesday. Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez was the first to attack in the brutal Mur de Huy climb but Valverde countered the move and won the sprint ahead of Julian Alaphilippe. Valverde also won the race in 2006, 2014 and 2015. The Mur de Huy...
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April 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Valverde helps Movistar seal third WorldTour team victory

Alejandro Valverde might have missed out on a podium at Sunday’s Il Lombardia, but his fourth place was enough to ensure that his Movistar team secured the WorldTour team ranking for the third year running. Valverde had already cemented his place at the top of the individual rankings ahead of the race, giving the Spanish outfit their second WorldTour double. Valverde had gone...
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October 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Crash injuries slow Valverde on Vuelta a Espana summit finish

The climb of the Alto de Puig Llorença didn’t quite have Alejandro Valverde’s name written all over it – that honour belonged to Joaquim Rodriguez, whose father painted the road in his honour the night before – but his Movistar team certainly had earmarked stage 9 of the Vuelta a España as a major rendezvous in the race for final overall honours. The men in navy blue were...
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August 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Valverde signs new 3-year contract with Movistar

MADRID (AP) Alejandro Valverde has agreed to a new contract with Movistar that will keep the Spanish rider on the team for the next three years. The 34-year-old Valverde has raced for Movistar during nine of his 12 years as a professional. This season, Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place and the Spanish Vuelta in third. Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009. He says,...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Bouhanni wins 8th Vuelta stage, Valverde leads

ALBACETE, Spain (AP) Nacer Bouhanni of France won a windy eighth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, while Alejandro Valverde kept the overall leader's red jersey. Bouhanni sprinted ahead of the pack and dipped his bike to the left at the last second to hold off Michael Matthews, who was about to overtake him at the finish line. It was the rider's second stage win in...
Via Associated Press
August 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Valverde to lead Movistar in Tour de France

Spain's Movistar says Alejandro Valverde will be its lead rider in this year's Tour de France, while Colombian Nairo Quintana will be top rider for the Giro d'Italia. In a statement Tuesday the team says both riders will share leadership for the Spanish Vuelta. Team manager Eusebio Unzue said Nairo was still too young to tackle the Tour and the team thought it best to ''keep him...
Via Associated Press
January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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