Valverde takes it steady to claim third on Itzulia Basque Country summit finish

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) on stage 3 of Itzulia Basque Country (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) continued to exhibit a notable level of form at the Itzulia Basque Country on Wednesday as the veteran Spaniard notched up a third place on the notoriously difficult summit finish of Ermualde.

Like stage winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates), Valverde had come to check out the climb beforehand, and just as Pogačar benefited enormously by knowing exactly what he was going to face, the Movistar racer used his experience and the recon to calculate his effort on the Ermualde to perfection.

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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.