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Valverde voted best sportsman in his region

By Antonio J. Salmeron

Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde (Caisse D'Epargne-Illes Balears) has been voted the best sportsman of 2005 in his home region of Murcia. Valverde shared the prize, which was organised by the Murcian Sport Press Association, with Olympic athlete Juan Manuel Molina (UCAM-Athleo). The celebration took place in the capital of Murcia, and was presented by local president Ramón Luis Valcárcel, who highlighted in his closing speech, "the extraordinary honour and individual effort of Alejandro Valverde as one of the best riders in global cycling."

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