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Movistar's willingness to risk comes too late for Tour de France glory

In Modane for the start of the Tour de France’s penultimate stage of 2015, Movistar sat in the enviable position of having two riders on the podium and leading the best young rider and team classifications. Half way up the Col de la Croix de Fer, it appeared the team would be taking a conservative approach on the road to the Alpe d’Huez finish to preserve the bounty awaiting...
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Nibali: I’ve never seen Valverde so strong

Vincenzo Nibali has endured a frustrating couple of days in the Alps in the Tour de France; he’s full of attacking intent but finds himself a marked man, despite being over eight minutes down on general classification. The Sicilan attacked on the Col d’Allos on stage 17 and tried to wriggle free on the Col du Glandon and on the Lacets de Montvernier the following day, but he...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Tour de France: Valverde third on GC after unexpected twists

The first day in the Alps brought unexpected twists that moved Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) into third overall at the Tour de France. The change was due to the abandonment of Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) who had fallen ill, unable to continue racing. “It was awful to see van Garderen leaving the race,” Valverde said at the finish. “I want to send him all my support. I...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Quintana and Valverde promise more attacks in the Alps

With only five stages remaining in the 2015 Tour de France, including four difficult days in the Alps, Movistar’s Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde promised on Tuesday to continue their general classification fight until the race ends on the Champs Élysées this Sunday. Barring any unforeseen incidents on the road, unseating race leader Chris Froome at this point will be...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Valverde wins Fleche Wallonne for 3rd time

HUY, Belgium (AP) Alejandro Valverde of Spain perfectly timed his attack to win the Fleche Wallonne (Walloon Arrow) classic for the third time and the second year in a row on Wednesday. Valverde, runner-up at the Amstel Gold Race last week, won ahead of Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Albasini at the top of the Mur de Huy. Former Tour de France champion Christopher Froome was involved...
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April 22, 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...
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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...
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January 28, 2014  |  Discuss

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