Valverde says his objectives are 'already accomplished' at Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has said that he has "already accomplished" his objectives at this year's Vuelta a España after taking two stage wins so far. The Spaniard is currently lying second overall and is also leading both the points and combined classifications in the race. Valverde's teammate Nairo Quintana is lying third overall, while Movistar are also leading the team classification.

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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.