The rider from Team Movistar defends yellow leader's jersey conquesting the Queen stage.
Words start to run low to define Alejandro Valverde's sensational return into racing after his accident in the 2017 Tour de France. Following his exhibition in the Alto del Garbí to win in Albuixech on Thursday, taking the leader's jersey in the process, the Spanish rider from the Movistar Team reasserted his dominant position in the Queen stage of the 2018 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, a tough 184km journey from Orihuela to the Alto de las Canteras in Cocentaina.
Valverde, atop on his Canyon equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS electronic groupset and with Campagnolo Bora full carbon wheels, was the strongest into the decisive stretch of the final climb, staying calm against all attacks from his rivals to finish off with one of his signature sprints in the closing 150 meters, where he left his group companions behind and reached down Briton Adam Yates, who had jumped away seconds before. The win, Alejandro's 110th as a professional rider, strengthens his lead in the standings, now with 14 seconds over 2nd-place Luis León Sánchez and 26" over Jakob Fuglsang.
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