Valverde wins after two months of absence due to injury
Victory as a healthy and enviable habit. After two months away from the competition for a lesion in the sacrum produced by a fall in training prior to the classic Liege
Victory as a healthy and enviable habit. After two months away from the competition due to a lesion in the sacrum caused by a fall in training prior to the classic Liège-Bastoña-Liège, Alejandro Valverde returned to rediscover the most pleasurable sensations in the first stage of the Ruta de Occitania . The most versatile Spanish cyclist scored the stage win with the final Saint d'Olt et d'Aubrac, a second-class port.
The world champion was excellently wrapped by his gregarious Movistar. Eduard Prades and Rafa Valls controlled the situation in a small head group that included, among others, Ribogerto Urán and three non-conformist kids from Ineos: Dunbar , Sosa and Sivakov . It was Dunbar who dared to pose battle to the Spaniard on the last ramp, but everything was useless for the Irishman, because the rainbow jersey bearer imposed that pedal stroke so characteristic in his climb and so complicated to follow by his rivals.
More than 50 days of absence from the road in which the Murcian has prepared to recover a level optimally two weeks before the start of the Tour de France, round in which he will seek partial victories. The fight for the general will be for Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa .
The success in the Route of Occitania (test in which already shone last year) is the second of the season for Valverde after the conquered stage in the Emirates Tour. New and accurate shot of Movistar after the exhibition in the Giro d'Italia with Richard Carapaz .
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