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Valverde claims another podium spot in the Vuelta a Espana

By:
Alasdair Fotheringham
Published:
September 16, 2013, 04:15,
Updated:
September 16, 2013, 09:07
Edition:
First Edition Cycling News, Monday, September 16, 2013
Race:
Vuelta a España, Stage 21
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finishes third overall in the Vuelta

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finishes third overall in the Vuelta

  • Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) finishes third overall in the Vuelta
  • Nibali, Horner and Valverde on the Vuelta podium
  • Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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Spaniard finishes in top three for fifth time in Madrid

Alejandro Valverde continues to rack up the podium places in the Vuelta a Espana, and recognises that it was impossible to outpace either Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) or Chris Horner (Leopard Trek) in the battle for victory in Madrid.

Unlike the Italian or the American, Valverde reached the Vuelta having raced the Tour de France and raced it flat out.

"They've both been stronger, but I can't be dissatisfied," Valverde said. "I'd have liked a stage win, but I've been second and third, and that's what getting the points jersey shows."

The Angliru was his last chance for that, but Valverde was outpaced at the crunch moments by Nibali and Horner and had to drop back. When he finally came past Nibali, it was too late for him to do more than secure his podium position.

"I had to go up at a steady pace, I was going well, but one of my rivals had to crack and they didn't," he said.

The winner in 2009, second in 2006 and 2012, Valverde's third place overall comes a decade after he netted the same result in the 2003 Vuelta. He also has a fourth and a fifth place overall.

The next target though, is to augment his podium positions in the Worlds - where he has twice been bronze and twice silver - with a gold in Italy.

"That would be great," Valverde said with a smile.

Mark Schwitau More than 1 year ago
Classy all arounder. World Champion wouldn't surprise me.
mikedel More than 1 year ago
He was pushed by some fans in the climb of Alto de L Angliru!
deemfingtee More than 1 year ago
I'm sure pushing him a couple of meters is the only reason he beat J Rod
abs666 More than 1 year ago
I have seen on camera i think 2 km from the line...
Cance > TheRest More than 1 year ago
Who cares? He's still great
kevinzamora More than 1 year ago
If it comes to a sprint of the best climbers I have no doubt in my mind that Valverde would beat everyone at Florence, but for that Cancellara and Sagan need to be dropped and that's no easy business
maplethedog More than 1 year ago
Yeah, gonna be tough to drop those guys, theyre both on good form...
Volderke More than 1 year ago
The only problem for him winning the worlds is, that tactically, he races like a junior.
rocket man More than 1 year ago
Being Australian I'm hoping for an Evens or Porte(worst sprinter ever) win. Pitty Gerro got injured as it would have been his sort of coarse. Honestly I think Sagan is the hot favorite. On Valverde it all depends who Spain decide to make the protected rider or riders. It would be nice to see someone like him get a win.
rhodescl More than 1 year ago
Every article on Chris Horner is dominated by speculation of his doping. This guy is an actual, convicted, sanctioned doper and there's no mention of it. Just praise for a guy who finished third. What a strange world this forum is.