Valverde moves into class of his own with fourth La Flèche Wallonne victory

Ultimately, a devastatingly powerful single uphill acceleration less than 100 metres from the finish line and just a few seconds long on Wednesday proved enough to secure Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) his record-breaking fourth victory in the Flèche Wallonne. But, longer-term, Valverde’s record itself has been 10 years in the making and places the Movistar rider ahead of figures...
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Alaphilippe: My first feeling was one of disappointment

What a difference a year makes. Twelve months ago, a stunned Julian Alaphilippe (Etixx-QuickStep) told reporters that he could “only be pleased” with second place behind Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on his La Flèche Wallonne debut. This time around, Alaphilippe missed out to Valverde in almost identical circumstances, and the most notable difference was his reaction. Just...
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Valverde wins Fleche Wallonne for record 4th time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain became the first rider to win the Fleche Wallonne four times after racing to a third straight title Wednesday. Spanish rider Joaquin Rodriguez was the first to attack during the brutal Mur de Huy climb, but Valverde countered the move and won the sprint ahead of Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe - who finished runner-up for a second consecutive...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

La Fleche Wallonne: Teams reconnoitre the Mur du Huy - Gallery

Three-time winner Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team where one of several squads to recon the the final and decisive climb, the Mur de Huy, of La Fleche Wallonne ahead of the mid-week Ardennes Classic. Team Sky, Astana and Katusha were among the other WorldTour teams to head to the climb for one final hit out before the 80th edition of the 196km race. Valverde skipped Amstel...
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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,...
Via Associated Press
September 17, 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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