Gilbert and Valverde Big Favourites At Liege-Bastogne-Liege

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN LIEGE, Belgium, April 26, 2014 (AFP) - Having won the previous two Ardennes Classics, Philippe Gilbert and Alejandro Valverde come into Sunday's Liege-Bastogne-Liege race as the clear favourites. Gilbert made a stunning attack on the final Cauberg climb to win last Sunday's Amstel Gold Race from Belgian compatriot Jelle Vanendert while Valverde timed his … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins His Second Fleche Wallonne

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by Barnaby CHESTERMAN HUY, Belgium, April 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde timed his attack to perfection on the gruelling Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne race for the second time on Wednesday. The Movistar team leader, who also won this event in 2006, passed Ireland's Daniel Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland in the final 200 metres of the 199.5km ride … [Read more...]

Contador Predicts Close Fight With Valverde

Alberto Contador held on to the lead in Vuelta a Pais Vasco, but gave 2 seconds at the finish line to Valverde, now 12 seconds behind Contador. - It would have been better not to lose time to Alejandro, but in the end the group has broken. It was a very different climb than usually because of the very strong headwind and the mediocre gradient. On the first pass I saw it and I noticed a right … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Claims Third Straight Tour of Andalusia

MADRID, Feb 23, 2014 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde became the first man to win three consecutive Tours of Andalusia as he extended his advantage on Sunday's fourth and final stage. Valverde finished 31 seconds ahead of Sky's Australian rider Richie Porte in second with Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez a further two seconds back in third for Caja Rural. Dutch rider Moreno Hofland … [Read more...]

Nibali, Rodriguez, Valverde Set For epic Giro d’Italia Battle

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MILAN, Oct 07, 2013 (AFP) - Italy's Vincenzo Nibali will kick off the defence of his Giro d'Italia title in 2014 with three days of racing in Northern Ireland before a "key" final week of epic racing in the high mountains. Nibali, of the Astana team, claimed his maiden pink jersey after a dramatic 2013 edition that was blighted by torrential rain, cancelled stages and a snow-hit … [Read more...]

Unlucky Alejandro Valverde Tour Dream Goes Up In Smoke

by Andy Scott SAINT-AMAND-MONTROND, France, July 12, 2013 (AFP) - While Alberto Contador celebrated closing the gap on overall Tour de France leader Chris Froome during Friday's 13th stage, the hopes of his fellow Spaniard Alejandro Valverde were left in tatters after a disastrous afternoon. Valverde began the day in second place in the general classification and, despite being … [Read more...]

Froome and Sky Not Invincible, says Alejandro Valverde

PORTO-VECCHIO, France, June 28, 2013 (AFP) - Experienced Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde said on Friday that outstanding Tour de France favorite Chris Froome was not unbeatable, as he eyes a place on the podium when the race ends in Paris. Valverde, 33, has never previously had a top-three finish on the Tour and is not widely expected to trouble the leading contenders. But he was … [Read more...]

Movistar Eye Podium Place For Alejandro Valverde

PARIS, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - The Movistar team are hoping that veteran rider Alejandro Valverde can finally finish the Tour de France with a place on the podium at the age of 33. The Spanish team announced their nine man line-up on Monday for the race that gets underway in Porto Vecchio, Corsica, on Saturday and runs until July 21. Valverde, whose best finish was sixth in 2007 and … [Read more...]

Race Leader Alejandro Valverde Forced To Abandon Tour of Catalonia

MADRID, March 21, 2013 (AFP) - Race leader Alejandro Valverde has abandoned the Tour of Catalonia after crashing 119 kilometers into the fourth stage of the event on Thursday. The Spanish rider and his Team Movistar team-mate Eros Capecchi both had to withdraw from the race after crashing on a descent towards Seo de Urgel. Valverde continued for another 10 kilometres before finally … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins Andalucia Overall

Madrid, Feb 20, 2013 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde claimed overall victory in the Vuelta a Andalucia after also sealing his second stage win on the final day of the four-stage tour Wednesday. The 2009 Vuelta de Espana champion continued his strong start to the season having also won a stage at the Mallorca Challenge a fortnight ago and led the standings from start to finish after claiming … [Read more...]