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6th place for Alejandro in the 1st stage of the Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde’s quotes after the first stage of the Tour de France:

“After three years without riding the Tour, I barely remembered how dangerous this Race is during the first week, with much more tension than any other. We rode at the front for almost all day, but we suffered a couple of crashes in the finale and we had to put a feet a feet on the ground at the second one. We did a huge effort to come back in and we made it just before the climb. I spent the entire climb overcoming riders and with 500 meters from the finish I saw we were approaching the leading trio, and as I had good legs, I thought of attacking, but I went boxed in between the barrier and Gesink. Chances in the Tour come and go and it’s difficult for them to come back, but I’m happy with my feelings and the good legs I brought to the finish. From tomorrow it will be time for sprinters. There will be much nerves floating around during this first week, but we hope to stay away from crashes”.

(Source: Movistar Team)