Giro d'Italia: Valverde shrugs off polemic in Asolo

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is making his debut at this year's Giro d'Italia and the 36-year-old is thus opening himself to a wealth of new experiences. It remains to be seen how Valverde will fare on desolate slopes of the Dolomites, or how he will cope with the final throes of an Alpine spring, but on Wednesday during stage 11, the veteran showed that he is already well-versed in dealing with another Giro staple, the post-stage polemica.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.