Valverde builds for Tour de France with Route d'Occitanie stage win

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) cramps at the end of Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Alejandro Valverde clocked up his 10th victory of 2018 when he emerged first from the mist atop Les Monts d’Olmes to claim stage 3 of the Route d’Occitanie , but the Spaniard downplayed his prospects of leading Movistar ’s Tour de France challenge next month. Valverde is set to line up alongside Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana in a star-studded Tour selection, but despite his remarkable form, the 38-year-old suggested that his role in that triumvirate would primarily be a supporting one. “We’ll go there with other objectives since we’re going to be working for Landa and Nairo,” Valverde told when asked if he could win the 2018 Tour. Valverde’s best displays at the Tour have come in the period since he served a ban following his implication in the Operacion Puerto blood doping inquiry. He placed third overall in 2015, 4th in in 2014 and rode strongly in ...

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