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Valverde claims first win as World Champion
26 February 2019
Valverde claims first win as World Champion

World Champion from Movistar Team claims his 100th victory.

The wait is over. After several races showing his unparalelled consistency, yet not being able to raise his arms victorious, the first mountain-top finish of the 2019 UAE Tour witnessed the maiden victory as World Champion for Alejandro Valverde on the slopes of Jebel Hafeet, the same climb where he sealed his overall success in the final edition of the Abu Dhabi Tour back in 2018. The work by Castrillo, Oliveira, Sütterlin, Amador and, inside the final 10km ascent, Lluís Mas and Rubén Fernández kept Valverde always calm, tucked inside an ever-shrinking peloton against the strong winds and following the insistent pacing from Jumbo-Visma.

Alejandro, atop on his Canyon bike fully equipped Campagnolo, did not react to the first big acceleration from race leader Primoz Roglic, rather than letting the race come to him, measure his efforts and launch an attack with 2.5km to go, to reach down Daniel Martin who was dropped from the Slovenian's wheel, and a second move with just over 1km to go, to reach the front and lead the sprint out with no opposition.

 

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