Marvel from Murcia claims splendid win in Albuixech and becomes race leader.
276 days after his last victory to date, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and 215 long days of suffering after his crash and serious leg injuries on stage one of the 2017 Tour de France, Alejandro Valverde got back to winning ways on Thursday. The Spanish superstar from the Movistar Team claimed honours on stage two of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, 154km from Bétera to Albuixech, with a display of power on all terrains which also awarded him the yellow jersey as provisional GC leader. Valverde split the main group with a brutal acceleration with two kilometers before the summit of Garbí and crested it alongside Dane Jakob Fuglsang, a handful of seconds ahead of a peloton from which Luis León Sánchez jumped across into the downhill. Cooperation was perfect into both the descent and the flat after the climb, and despite furious attempts by Sky and BMC to bring the gap down, the trio reached the finishing straight together and ahead.
Valverde, atop on his Canyon Ultimate CF SLX equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora full carbon wheels, completing his exhibition with a superb sprint for his 109th pro victory.
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