Valverde awarded 2018 Velo d'Or by Indurain

Miguel Indurain hands Alejandro Valverde the 2018 Vélo d'Or

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has been awarded the prestigious Vélo d'Or as the rider of the year, with Miguel Indurain, who won the first edition of the award in 1992, presenting him with the trophy on Friday. The Vélo d'Or is awarded by French magazine Vélo to the rider their panel deems to have had the best season. Another trophy, the Vélo d'Or Français, is awarded to the best French rider of the season, and this year it went to Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ). Valverde wins the award after becoming world champion last month. The Spaniard had finished on the podium on six occasions but he finally reached the top step in Innsbruck as he came over the Höll climb with Romain Bardet and Michael Woods and out-sprinted them in the run to the line. Valverde didn't win either La Flèche Wallonne or Liège-Bastogne-Liège this year - the first time he's gone ...

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