Alejandro strikes in Valencia
Alejandro Valverde fulfilled this Saturday with the perfect progression achieving victory in the third stage of O Gran Camiño, after finishing third in the Vigo sprint and second in the explosive arrival at the Mirador de Ézaro. A day of 148 kilometers with three important climbs in its outcome, the last crowned just 3 from the finish line.
Alejandro finished off the fantastic work of the entire Movistar team on a beautiful and demanding route through the Ribeira Sacra, beating Canadian Michael Woods (Israel Premier Tech) and his teammate Iván Ramiro Sosa in the sprint. The three reached the finish line in Luintra almost 1 minute ahead of the closest pursuers.
With only the individual time trial remaining on Sunday, over 15 kilometers in the town of Sarria, Valverde and Woods will play for victory in the general classification with a difference of just 10 seconds.
Statements: “Very happy, it has been great, we have had the race controlled at all time. The first day third, yesterday second, today first… Very close to the general, that is, very happy. We went out to win the stage; then you can win or you can’t win, the rivals are strong, but it has turned out well for us. I didn’t know the last ascents and they have been tremendously hard, especially at the beginning. The last 50 kilometers have been on complicated roads, difficult descents… and we were looking to have the best placement possible.. We had a very strong Sosa, who has done a great job and a fantastic team during all phases of the race. I knew I was faster than him and Sosa has thrown me phenomenally so that managed to win. I think we’ve done a great lap so far and tomorrow, well, let it be what God wants. If we win, fine, and if we do second, well, too. It will be a nice time trial, not flat at all. We’ll see how we have recovered and we will give, for course, the maximum.
Photo: Sprint Cycling Agency / Movistar Team