Valverde seals first victory in rainbow jersey at UAE Tour

After three podium finishes already this year, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sealed the first victory of his season and his first in the rainbow jersey as world champion on stage 3 of the UAE Tour. The Spaniard got the better of race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on Jebel Hafeet, timing his ride just right to catch and drop the Slovenian on the upper slopes.

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Born in Ireland to a cycling family and later moved to the Isle of Man, so there was no surprise when I got into the sport. Studied sports journalism at university before going on to do a Masters in sports broadcast. After university I spent three months interning at Eurosport, where I covered the Tour de France. In 2012 I started at Procycling Magazine, before becoming the deputy editor of Procycling Week. I then joined Cyclingnews, in December 2013.