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An interview with Alejandro Valverde: Mr. Versatility

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) becomes only the second Spaniard ever to win Flèche Wallonne

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) becomes only the second Spaniard ever to win Flèche Wallonne (Image credit: Luc Claessen)

In claiming his first major classic on Wednesday, April 19, Alejandro Valverde Belmonte once again demonstrated his incredible versatility on two wheels. The question now being asked is: 'Does he also have the capability to challenge for victory at the Tour de France?' Brecht Decaluwé found out his plans at the post-race press conference.

Cyclingnews: First of all, congratulations with your victory. This race looks like it's made for a rider like you.

Alejandro Valverde: It's only the second time I've competed at this race. The 'Mur' pleased me [last year] and I wanted to come back here. Yesterday, we did a reconnaissance ride with the team and I liked it even more!

CN: In those last kilometres, we saw attacks from Steegmans and Etxebarria. How did you interpret the finale?

AV: My main focus was to win this race, nothing else, but there were a lot of other guys aiming for the same goal. It was a very fast race, but I had very good legs. I tried to wait as long as possible, as the CSC train constantly brought everybody back. When Etxebarria attacked, I just followed him. When I saw that Sanchez and Kroon were coming back on us, I accelerated at my maximum.

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