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Valverde wins La Vuelta stage 7
3 September 2019
Valverde wins La Vuelta stage 7

World Champion claims 12th career stage win in La Vuelta.

The Movistar Team continues to offer impressive performances in the 2019 Vuelta a España, its strength as a group rewarded again on the 183km stage seven from Onda to the grueling Mas de la Costa climb. Alejandro Valverde raised his arms victorious in La Vuelta in the rainbow jersey as World Champion, a dream picture made possible by the hard work and commitment from all seven team-mates, including a sensational Nairo Quintana (4th). Jorge Arcas and Imanol Erviti took to the front of the bunch with 70km remaining, starting to reduce the gaps against a ten-man breakaway which took more than sixth kilometers to form, and never built a gap exceeding five minutes. The subsequent, continued efforts by Rojas, Pedrero and Oliveira and the support by Marc Soler, helped Valverde y Quintana reached the decisive ascents with all chances to win. Further accelerations from Astana and Jumbo-Visma left ahead only the 'Fantastic Four' in this Vuelta, with Primoz Roglic and Miguel Ángel López following Quintana and Valverde as they played their cards intelligently. While the Colombian made the opposition suffer with his pace changes, the Spaniard saved his energy for the end and took the lead since the last 400m, winning the sprint with a great final effort.

Alejandro Valverde's Canyon Ultimate CF SLX is equipped with Campagnolo Super Record electronic groupset 12S and with Campagnolo Bora Ultra 35 full carbon wheels.

 

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