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...]

Hivert Wins Again As Valverde Remains In Lead At Tour of Andalusia

MADRID, Feb 19, 2013 (AFP) - Frenchman Jonathan Hivert, of the Sojasun team, followed up his victory in Monday's first stage by winning the second stage of the Tour of Andalusia on Tuesday. The 27-year-old once again prevailed in a sprint, this time from American Tyler Farrar and Italy's Francesco Lasca, at the end of the 194.2km ride from Trebujena to Montilla. In the overall … [Read more...]

Hivert Wins Stage, Valverde Retains Overall Lead At Tour of Andalusia

MADRID, Feb 18, 2013 (AFP) - Frenchman Jonathan Hivert won the first stage of the Tour of Andalusia on Monday, a 164km ride from San Fernando to Ubrique. The 27-year-old - who is in top form having won France's first professional race of the season the Etoile de Besseges in early February - prevailed in a sprint finish ahead of Spaniard Alejandro Valverde and Dutchman Bauke Mollema. … [Read more...]

Valverde Wins Prologue At Vuelta a Andalucía Opener

Rain falling midway into the prologue in San Fernando unable to keep the Spaniard out of the win - 2nd success of the season for Movistar Team at Vuelta a Andalucía opener With just four days of racing in what seemed a cautious appraoch to his 2013 season, Alejandro Valverde was still able to show his tremendous competitive spirit and ambition by adding a second victory to his tally. The … [Read more...]

Contador To Be A Witness As ‘Operation Puerto’ Case Re-Opens

by Christophe Lehousse MADRID, Jan 26, 2013 (AFP) - Former Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will be among those who will give testimony to a Spanish court which will open hearings on Monday into the 'Operation Puerto' doping scandal, seven years after it erupted in 2006. The trial in Madrid, will do little to boost the credentials of a sport still reeling from Lance … [Read more...]

Valverde Wins Eighth Stage, Rodriguez Retains Lead At Tour of Spain

COLlada de la Gallina, Spain, Aug 25, 2012 - Spain's Alejandro Valverde won the eighth stage of the Tour of Spain as Joaquim Rodriguez retained possession of the leader's red jersey on Saturday. Valverde, riding for the Movistar team, was adding this 174.7km ride from Lleida to Collada de la Gallina in Andorra to his win in the third stage in Alcaniz. The 32-year-old prevailed in … [Read more...]

Alejandro Valverde Wins Tour of Spain Stage Three

EIBAR, Spain, Aug 20, 2012 (AFP) - Spaniard Alejandro Valverde narrowly won the mountainous third stage of the Tour of Spain and took the overall leader's red jersey in a tough battle in the Basque country on Monday. Movistar's Valverde, 32, crossed the finishing line in Eibar just centimetres ahead of fellow Spaniard Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) after a 155-kilometre ride from the … [Read more...]

Valverde Does The Talking To Secure Stage Win

by Justin Davis =(Picture)= PEYRAGUDES, France, July 19, 2012 (AFP) - Alejandro Valverde admitted he had to use his powers of persuasion, as well as his head and legs as he capped a brave attack with victory on the Tour de France 17th stage Thursday. With hopes of a top finish this year dashed by several crashes in the first week, Valverde turned his attention to winning a stage … [Read more...]

Valverde Holds Off Team Sky And Climbs To Tour de France Stage 17 Win

by Justin Davis PEYRAGUDES, France, July 19, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde claimed a stylish solo victory in the 17th stage of the Tour de France as Bradley Wiggins admitted he now feels like a yellow jersey champion. Wiggins, of team Sky, came over the finish line of the 143.5 km stage between Bagneres-de-Luchon and Peyragudes on the wheel of Sky teammate Chris Froome … [Read more...]

Valverde Stakes Claim For Unlikely Podium Spot

by Justin Davis LIEGE, Belgium, June 29, 2012 (AFP) - Spain's Alejandro Valverde insists he can upset the form book and defy the challenges of a time trial-heavy Tour de France to grab a coveted podium spot on this year's race. With two long time trials on stages nine (41.5 km) and 19 (53.5 km), Australia's reigning champion Cadel Evans (BMC) and Britain's Bradley Wiggins (Sky) … [Read more...]