Valverde rolls back the years in Vallter 2000 summit finish

VALLTER 2000 SETCASES VALL CAMPRODON SPAIN MARCH 24 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team during the 100th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2021 Stage 3 a 2031km stage from Canal Olmpic de Catalunya to Vallter 2000 Setcases Vall Camprodon 2125m Breakaway VoltaCatalunya100 on March 24 2021 in Vallter 2000 Setcases Vall Camprodon Spain Photo by David RamosGetty Images
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) had one of his best finishes of the past two years on Vallter 2000 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) may be a month shy of his 41st birthday but the Spanish veteran rolled back the years with a vengeance at the Volta a Catalunya's first summit finish on Wednesday.

Third at the Vallter 2000 summit behind Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) and Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange), Valverde was in the thick of the attacks on the 11-kilometre Pyrenean ascent.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.