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Fantastic Valverde!

Fantastic Valverde!

Alejandro the best at the Collada de la Gallina

Alejandro won today his second individual win in the Vuelta a España 2012 on the occasion of the 8th stage. After he attacked a first time at 3 km from the tom to make a selection, he won on the finishing line ahead of Purito Rodríguez, Alberto Contador and Chris Froome.

Alejandro, new leader of the mountain classification, is now 4th overall 50” behind 50″ de Rodríguez.

Alejandro’ s quotes:

“It was a really hard stage, especially with the speed from the start to make the day’s break. SKY set a very fast pace during the final 40k and the beginning of the last climb was super strong. I had very good sensations and that’s why I launched the first attack, also with the intention of dropping GC rivals coming behind. From that moment on, there weren’t any big gaps because all of us were suffering, until Contador attacked. I knew Purito knew the climb really well and we had clear in mind that we couldn’t climb so fast for long, so I sticked to his wheel when he jumped and went past him when I saw him sitting on the saddle. I knew I had to come through the last corner first and I could keep it until the line. This victory only does make me earn another win and keep making the team happy, I’m not thinking about anything else. It’s obvious that we will be fighting for the GC as much as we can, but the rivals are really strong and I don’t know who long I’ll stay this fit. I was the one from the riders ahead that has made more racing days, taken more efforts and staying for two years without competition. Now I’m into a fitness level I couldn’t have ever imagined and can only be thankful towards the team, always supporting me 100%, and everyone supporting me for things to stay like this.”