Valverde rues missed opportunity for Vuelta stage win

It's probably one of the worst kept secrets of this year's Vuelta a España that Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is itching to take a stage win. But after Valverde missed out on the Alto do Monte da Groba on stage two, the 2012 runner-up on GC and 2009 outright winner of the Vuelta once again miscalculated on the next stage that suited him, too - at the Alto de Peñas Blancas - with Leopold Konig (NetApp-Endura) winning instead.

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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.