Alejandro Valverde

Valverde takes fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège, dedicates win to Scarponi

Four days after he took a record fifth Flèche Wallonne, Alejandro Valverde clocked up his fourth Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The Movistar rider followed up his wins in 2006, 2008 and 2015 with another success, overhauling 2013 champion Dan Martin after the latter made his move inside the final kilometre. Martin was himself responding to a move by …

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Valverde takes record fifth Flèche Wallonne with characteristic surge

He started the race as the clear favourite, and ended it as a record five-time winner. Alejandro Valverde put in an assertive performance to take Flèche Wallonne, surging clear on the final ascent of the Mur de Huy and soloing to victory. Dan Martin (QuickStep Floors) put in a late surge to take second behind …

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Rory Sutherland on Quintana and Contador’s similarities, being a team workhorse and more

He’s shed sweat, burned calories and generated countless watts of power in the service of Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana, most recently helping the latter to take the 2016 Vuelta a España. Now Rory Sutherland has given an inside glance into the personalities of both Grand Tour champions, saying that the duo have remarkable similarities …

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Quintana extends until end of 2019 as Movistar sponsorship continues

One day after winning his second career Grand Tour, Nairo Quintana has committed his future to his Movistar team and will continue to race there for at least three more seasons. The Spanish squad announced the news at the Telefónica headquarters in Madrid, and also said that the Movistar brand owner had indicated a similar …

Tinkov, in TV interview: Valverde is jealous of Contador, Europeans don’t know how to do business

In a candid interview with NBC Sports on Thursday, following Stage 6 of the Tour de France, Tinkoff team owner Oleg Tinkov shared his views on a variety of topics that included Peter Sagan’s run in the maillot jaune, the reason Movistar upped the pace on the final climb of Col de Font De Cère into Le Lioran on Stage …

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Peter Sagan swaps rainbow stripes for yellow jersey with Stage 2 victory at Tour de France

There were several winners and losers on Stage 2 of the 2016 Tour de France, but none more so than world champion Peter Sagan, who took his first Tour stage win since 2013, and with it, the yellow jersey of race leader for the first time in his career. The day’s “first loser” would be …

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Daily News Digest

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Civil war averted: UCI, ASO reach agreement over WorldTour reforms; Trans Am: Lael Wilcox wins, smashes women’s record; Alejandro Valverde Q&A: ‘I think nobody doubts my performances anymore’; Glaetzer bests Perkins in match sprint at International Track Series; Lotto-Soudal aims for Tour wins with Greipel; Giant-Alpecin announced Tour roster; Wout …

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Alejandro Valverde Q&A: ‘I think nobody doubts my performances anymore’

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is arguably the most versatile rider in the pro peloton. He’s a winner of 14 Grand Tour stages and the 2009 Vuelta a Espana, he’s won a long list of shorter stage races and a whole swathe of Ardennes Classics, just for starters. But despite his considerable successes — or perhaps because …

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Judge rules that Operacion Puerto blood bags can finally be handed over

Over ten years after 211 blood bags were seized in the Operacion Puerto raids in Madrid, Spain, the truth about their origin finally looks set to be revealed. A judge in the Provincial Court of Madrid has ruled on Tuesday that the blood bags should be handed over to the Spanish cycling federation, WADA, the …

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Video: 2016 Giro d’Italia in review

This year’s Giro d’Italia showed just how beautiful bike racing can be, but also how unforgiving. For Steven Kruijswijk, the intense high of leading the race into the final few stages was in sharp contrast with the intense low of crashing out of contention at a pivotal moment. For Vincenzo Nibali, the final few days …

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