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Valverde wins Spanish time trial title

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Elisabet Bru (Servetto)

Elisabet Bru (Servetto)
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Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)

Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)
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rancisco Mancebo fake-argues with ex-teammate Imanol Erviti: “You tricked my bike for me to be slower than you”. After some conversation, they agreed it was probably Paco’s son the one guilty of his dad’s not-so-outstanding performance.

rancisco Mancebo fake-argues with ex-teammate Imanol Erviti: “You tricked my bike for me to be slower than you”. After some conversation, they agreed it was probably Paco’s son the one guilty of his dad’s not-so-outstanding performance.
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The podium reflected the Movistar Team show: l-to-r, Ion Izagirre, Alejandro Valverde and Jonathan Castroviejo

The podium reflected the Movistar Team show: l-to-r, Ion Izagirre, Alejandro Valverde and Jonathan Castroviejo
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Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural) talks to Javier Mínguez, Spanish National Team coach.

Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural) talks to Javier Mínguez, Spanish National Team coach.
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A fan guides Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) to the anti doping control, and uses the moment to take a selfie. A scrum of chaperones were running after them

A fan guides Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) to the anti doping control, and uses the moment to take a selfie. A scrum of chaperones were running after them
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Alejandro Valverde shows his Spanish National ITT champion jersey.

Alejandro Valverde shows his Spanish National ITT champion jersey.
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Cristina Navarro (Catalunya)

Cristina Navarro (Catalunya)
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Anna Sanchis (Wiggle)

Anna Sanchis (Wiggle)
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Irene Usabiaga (Euskadi)

Irene Usabiaga (Euskadi)
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Leire Olaberría (Bizkaia)

Leire Olaberría (Bizkaia)
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Anna Sanchis (Wiggle)

Anna Sanchis (Wiggle)
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Final podium. L-to-r: Belén López (Lointek), Leire Olaberria (Bizkaia), Anna Ramírez (Catalunya)

Final podium. L-to-r: Belén López (Lointek), Leire Olaberria (Bizkaia), Anna Ramírez (Catalunya)
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Irene Usabiaga and Lourdes Oyarbide (Euskadi)

Irene Usabiaga and Lourdes Oyarbide (Euskadi)
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
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Belén López (Lointek)

Belén López (Lointek)
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Raquel Acinas (Genesis)

Raquel Acinas (Genesis)
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Final podium. L-to-r: Belén López (Lointek), Leire Olaberria (Bizkaia), Anna Ramírez (Catalunya)

Final podium. L-to-r: Belén López (Lointek), Leire Olaberria (Bizkaia), Anna Ramírez (Catalunya)
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David Albos, cyclist from Andorra who often features in the World Championships

David Albos, cyclist from Andorra who often features in the World Championships
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Beñat Txoperena and Jon Larrinaga, two young guns of the Euskadi team

Beñat Txoperena and Jon Larrinaga, two young guns of the Euskadi team
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Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team)

Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team)
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Jaume Rovira (Team Ecuador)

Jaume Rovira (Team Ecuador)
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Paco Mancebo (SkyDive Dubai)

Paco Mancebo (SkyDive Dubai)
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Edgar Nohales, a rider from Valladolid who races for Philippine outfit 7-Eleven

Edgar Nohales, a rider from Valladolid who races for Philippine outfit 7-Eleven
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Diego Rubio (Efapel)

Diego Rubio (Efapel)
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Paco Mancebo (SkyDive Dubai)

Paco Mancebo (SkyDive Dubai)
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Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi)

Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi)
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Ángel Madrazo (Caja Rural)

Ángel Madrazo (Caja Rural)
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Carlos Verona (OPQS)

Carlos Verona (OPQS)
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Diego Gallego, DS of Burgos BH

Diego Gallego, DS of Burgos BH
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Víctor de la Parte (Efapel)

Víctor de la Parte (Efapel)
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Igor Merino (Burgos BH). He recently proved to be in great form in the Tour of Korea.

Igor Merino (Burgos BH). He recently proved to be in great form in the Tour of Korea.
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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team)
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Edgar Nohales (7-Eleven)

Edgar Nohales (7-Eleven)
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Jesús Herrada (Movistar Team)

Jesús Herrada (Movistar Team)
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Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural)

Luis León Sánchez (Caja Rural)
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David Muntaner (Active Jet) shows his rainbow tattoo.

David Muntaner (Active Jet) shows his rainbow tattoo.
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Víctor de la Parte (Efapel)

Víctor de la Parte (Efapel)
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Gari Bravo (Efapel)

Gari Bravo (Efapel)
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Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)

Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)
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Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi)

Beñat Txoperena (Euskadi)
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David Muntaner (Active Jet) rolls off the start ramp

David Muntaner (Active Jet) rolls off the start ramp
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Carlos Verona (Omega Pharma QuickStep)

Carlos Verona (Omega Pharma QuickStep)
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Jesús Herrada (Movistar Team)

Jesús Herrada (Movistar Team)
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Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team)

Imanol Erviti (Movistar Team)
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Jon Larrinaga (Euskadi)

Jon Larrinaga (Euskadi)
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After not being renewed by Movistar this winter, Eloy Teruel found a new home at the American Continental team Jamis

After not being renewed by Movistar this winter, Eloy Teruel found a new home at the American Continental team Jamis
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Luis León Sánchez’s effort wasn’t good today.

Luis León Sánchez’s effort wasn’t good today.
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 Illart Zuazubiskar, track specialist, currently racing on the road with Euskadi.

Illart Zuazubiskar, track specialist, currently racing on the road with Euskadi.
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Igor Merino (Burgos BH)

Igor Merino (Burgos BH)
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Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) suffered stomach problems and even vomited during the ITT

Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar Team) suffered stomach problems and even vomited during the ITT
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Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)

Ion Izagirre (Movistar Team)
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Diego Rubio (Efapel)

Diego Rubio (Efapel)
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Lluis Mas (Caja Rural)

Lluis Mas (Caja Rural)
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Video interview for Alejandro Valverde with Spanish National Federation’s press officer, Luis Román Mendoza.

Video interview for Alejandro Valverde with Spanish National Federation’s press officer, Luis Román Mendoza.
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Ion Izagirre, ready to start

Ion Izagirre, ready to start
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Countdown for Alejandro Valverde

Countdown for Alejandro Valverde
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Jonathan Castroviejo lost his title today to his teammate Alejandro Valverde

Jonathan Castroviejo lost his title today to his teammate Alejandro Valverde
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Valverde hugs his DS, Txente García Acosta

Valverde hugs his DS, Txente García Acosta
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Alejandro Valverde hands his bouquet to Jonathan Castroviejo's wife, who is currently pregnant.

Alejandro Valverde hands his bouquet to Jonathan Castroviejo's wife, who is currently pregnant.
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The Movistar team swept not just the podium, but the top six places in the Spanish national championship time trial, with Alejandro Valverde claiming his first time trial national title over Ion Izagirre and Jonathan Castroviejo.

Valverde clocked a 58:00 on the 47.1km course, topping Izagirre by nearly a minute. Castroviejo was eight seconds further back, just edging out Jesus Herrada for the final podium spot.

"I'm surprised at this victory," Valverde said. The 34-year-old just returned from his post-Classics break at the Route du Sud, where he finished second overall, but was not expecting to be the best of his country. "We know that Ion does good time trials, and Castro is a great 'croner' and demonstrates it every day. We also have other rivals such as Eloy Teruel and Luis Sánchez León who prepared specifically for this time trial.

"I went well in La Route du Sud after two months without competing, and I think that this effort has given me a good starting point for the Tour de France. To win a time trial of 47km here gives me a lot confidence for July."

Full Results

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:58:00
2Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:56
3Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:04
4Jesús Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:06
5Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:19
6Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:24
7Eloy Teruel (Spa) Jamis-Hagens Berman0:01:47
8J Antonio de Segovia (Spa) Froiz0:02:18
9Omar Fraile (Spa) Caja Rural-RGA0:02:24
10Diego Rubio (Spa) Efapel0:02:37
11Jon Larrinaga (Spa) Euskadi0:03:25
12Víctor de la Parte (Spa) Efapel0:03:34
13Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH0:03:36
14Garikoitz Bravo (Spa) Efapel0:03:47
15Alberto Torres (Spa) Team Ecuador0:03:51
16Illart Zuazubiskar (Spa) Euskadi0:03:53
17Beñat Txoperena (Spa) Euskadi0:03:57
18David Muntaner (Spa) Active Team0:03:59
19Luis León Sánchez (Spa) Caja Rural-RGA0:04:05
20Marcos Jurado (Spa) Seguros Bilbao0:04:08

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Leire Olaberria (Spa) Bizkaia-Durango0:41:48
2Belén López (Spa) Lointek0:00:24
3Anna Ramírez (Spa) Catalunya0:00:32
4Gloria Rodríguez (Spa) Navarra0:00:55
5Rocío Martín (Spa) Semar0:00:59
6Anna Sanchís (Spa) Comunidad Valenciana0:01:07
7Irene Usabiaga (Spa) Euskadi0:01:23
8Loures Oyarbide (Spa) Euskadi0:02:01
9Mayalen Noruega (Spa) Catalunya0:02:14
10Cristina Navarro (Spa) Catalunya0:02:28
11Sheyla Gutiérrez (Spa) La Rioja0:03:05
12Alicia González (Spa) Asturias0:03:33
13Sara García (Spa) Castilla y León0:04:21
14Mª del Mar Solera (Spa) Reyno de Navarra0:04:28
15Ane Iriarte (Spa) Euskadi0:04:46
16Ana López (Spa) Comunidad Madrid0:05:24
17Esther Muñoz (Spa) Comunidad Madrid0:05:55
18Ainhoa Candil (Spa) Castilla y León0:06:01
19Cristina Barrado (Spa) Francisco Pizarro0:06:34
20Elisabet Bru (Spa) Servetto Footon0:06:54
21Raquel Acinas (Spa) Génesis0:09:02
22Ana Fernández (Spa) Francisco Pizarro0:16:03

 

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