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by Matt de Neef
February 5, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Wout van Aert stuns to win his third-straight CX world title; Sanne Cant takes back-to-back CX world titles; Esteban Chaves wins the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Sam Crome claims the final stage; Alejandro Valverde wins the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Sergio Henao takes his second-straight Colombian road title; Tony Gallopin wins Etoile de Besseges with final-stage victory; UCI announces use of video commissaires in biggest road races; Giro organisers want guarantee Froome’s results will be valid; Vincenzo Nibali set for new challenge at the Tour of Flanders; Hong Kong businessman Adam Kwok invests in Mitchelton-BikeExchange; Esteban’s Extras; Live-stream slip-up.
He took seven months off racing after a nasty crash at the 2017 Tour de France but Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is very much back. The Spanish veteran wrapped up the overall victory at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana over the weekend after winning two stages and defending his lead through the final stage. It is his third success in the UCI 2.1 event, after wins in 2004 and 2007.
“This victory is a reward to the great, hard work we did during the last few months with my recovery,” Valverde said. “That’s why I’m so happy, because I know where I come from and everything I had to go through in order to bounce back from such a serious crash and injuries I sustained.
“This victory goes to all of my teammates. I want to thank them because they were phenomenal all week. Also to all the people who has helped and supported me during the seven months before this comeback.”
Sunday’s final stage of the five-stage race ended in a bunch sprint with BMC recruit Jurgen Roelandts taking victory ahead of Danny van Poppel (LottoNL-Jumbo). Earlier in the race Valverde won stage 2 to move into the overall lead and then stayed in yellow when the stage 3 TTT was neutralised. Valverde then won on the uphill finish to Cocentaina, setting himself up for the overall victory.
Valverde will now race the Vuelta a Murcia and the Clásica de Almería before racing at the Abu Dhabi Tour later this month.