Alejandro Valverde roars back in action at Vuelta a España

Vuelta Espana 2020 - 75th Edition - 7th stage Vitoria-Gasteiz - Villanueva de Valdegovia 159,7 km - 25/10/2020 - Alejandro Valverde (ESP - Movistar Team) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2020
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) moved into the top 10 of GC with aggressive riding on stage 7 (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Never rule out Alejandro Valverde. The Movistar veteran may be in his fifth decade and despite fluffing his lines in the battle for the stage win, Valverde’s aggressive performance on Tuesday has now moved the Vuelta a España’s oldest rider back into the overall general classification battle as a distant, but real threat to overall leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers).

Eleventh on the opening stage to Arrate, where the 40-year-old won in 2012, and up to Tuesday’s stage 7, Valverde has been more thereabouts than right there in the Vuelta’s first week, sliding to three minutes down on Carapaz.

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