By Antonio J. Salmerón
The Caisse d'Epargne rider Alejandro Valverde finished third in the second stage of the Dauphiné Libéré, which was held between Saint-Paul-en Jaez and Saint-Etienne, for a total distance of 157 kilometres.
"Fortunately, the weather was much better than it was yesterday and we had a nice stage," commented Valverde on the day's activities at the finish line in Saint-Etienne. "Personally, I felt well, as well as all my teammates, who worked very hard from the beginning in order to try to catch Moreau and Redondo, but those two were very strong and it was impossible. Anyway, I am satisfied with my third place today."
Today, the Dauphiné's only time trial will be held in Anneyron on a 40-kilometre loop. "I have good legs, but the most important thing is how I recover tonight and how I feel tomorrow morning. It is obvious that I hope to have good results, although it will be a very difficult task because there are many specialists here," the 27 year-old rider added.