Giro d'Italia: Valverde completes Grand Tour podium hat-trick

At 36 years of age, Alejandro Valverde was one of the oldest debutants at this year’s Giro d’Italia - third oldest behind Ruben Plaza and Jean-Christophe Peraud to be exact. They say that it’s better late than never and upon crossing the line in Turin on Sunday, Valverde finally completed his hat-trick of Grand Tour podium finishes. The Movistar rider cemented his third place...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde's altitude problem proves costly at Giro d'Italia

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) must have passed him somewhere on the long, long drop off the Colle dell'Agnello, but at the end of stage 19 of the Giro d'Italia, the Spaniard seemed unaware that maglia rosa Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) had crashed after three corners of the descent. "I didn't know that he crashed, but it seemed a bit strange alright [that he lost time]," Valverde...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Giro d'Italia: Anything can happen in the final mountain stages, says Valverde

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) knows that it will be difficult to topple Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) in the final mountain stages of the Giro d’Italia but he remains hopeful that he can do it. Valverde currently sitting in third place in the in the overall standings at 3:23  has just two more chances to overhaul the gap to Kruijswijk. After enjoying a good start to the Giro...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kruijswijk reinforces Giro overall lead, Valverde wins stage

ANDALO, Italy (AP) Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk strengthened his grip on the pink jersey by finishing second to Alejandro Valverde on the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Tuesday. Pre-race favorite Vincenzo Nibali had another bad day and saw his faint chances of winning a second Giro title all but disappear. Valverde edged Kruijswijk on the mountainous 133-kilometer (83-mile...
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12 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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21 days ago  |  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 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

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...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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