Valverde highlights his promise

Yesterday's stage victory provided further confirmation of the talent of 25 year old Alejandro Valverde, the only rider able to resist the last-kilometre surge by Lance Armstrong. Winning the mountain-top finish of Courchevel is the best result yet by the Illes Baleares-Banesto rider, who has signposted himself as one of the brightest prospects in cycling with a host of impressive results.

This season Valverde took stages in Paris-Nice and the Tour de Pays Basque, adding to a palmares which already lists many victories. The Spaniard has also taken second in the world road race championships, as well as showing his stage-race promise with third and fourth overall in the Tour of Spain.

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