By Antonio J. Salmerón Alejandro Valverde finished in second position in the general classification...
By Antonio J. Salmerón
Alejandro Valverde finished in second position in the general classification of the Vuelta. The Spanish Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears leader could not overcome Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana), "but I was close to the final triumph" and he emphasized the strength of the Kazakhstani winner "who was the best, a great rival. Vinokourov was the rightful winner, so I congratulate him."
On the development of the Vuelta, Valverde explained, "It was a very competitive race, and that is good for cycling."
Now, Valverde is already thinking of the World Championships: "I will return to training tomorrow, on Tuesday, at home in Murcia (Spain), and on Wednesday, I will travel to Salzburg." Without Óscar Freire, Valverde will lead the Spanish selection next Sunday 24th, where he is a favourite to win after already obtaining two silver medals.
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