By Antonio J. Salmerón
Caisse d'Epargne leader Alejandro Valverde applauded his team after the fourth stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The team put in an enormous effort to help their leader dispute the victory, however, the best Valverde could do was third. "The team worked very hard in the final part of the stage, but it was impossible to catch Voigt because the gap was too big. I am very happy because the entire team was great today, especially the ones who had to be in front."
With his spring targets, the Amstel and Leige-Bastogne-Leige, Valverde is happy with his increasing form, and said, "Personally I feel each day better, finding the right rhythm and right sensations. I am very satisfied because this is the perfect preparation for the classics, with mountains every day and long stages which are also very fast. There are still about ten days before the Amstel Gold race and I hope to be at the start at hundred percent of my condition."