Valverde content with los Puertos showing

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne), who finished second at the weekend's Clásica a los Puertos, is content with his performance but admitted to having trouble getting the job done when it comes to winning. "I have the same [form] like in the past years, but I have problems to wrap the victory up," he told "It's always difficult to win, and in this race it was shown clearly. My team has made a great work, and at the end we stayed with a bittersweet taste, because we could not win."

The Spanish rider's plan for the next month is simple and clear, he will only contest the GP de Plouay prior to the World Road Championships in Stuttgart, Germany on September 30. Valverde, who will spend the rest of September training at home, has thanked the Royal Spanish Federation of Cycling and the Superiour Sports Council for their support after the World Championship organisers declared they didn't want the Spaniard to compete, due to his possible implication in Operación Puerto.

"I will go there head held high, I don't have anything to hide and my only goal is to reach the gold medal, that escaped me already in some occasions," he declared. MP

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