Valverde describes freezing conditions at Volta a Catalunya

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) leading Volta a Catalunya overall and mountain classifications

It was a shortened but memorably tough Volta a Catalunya stage 6 where the peloton had to contend with freezing rain, high speeds, treacherous road surfaces, and crosswinds. Race leader Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ), however, quickly dismissed media suggestions this had been his easiest day so far. "Today? It's not been at all straightforward," the nonplussed Movistar racer responded after a short but telling silence in his post stage press conference. "Yes, there wasn't that much climbing, but the cold and rain made it really tough. "That was a point half-way through the stage, where I and the rest of the peloton were all absolutely frozen, chilled to the bone. It's true there weren't any attacks by my rivals, but that was because the weather conditions made the racing so hard. It was more than enough simply getting through the stage." By way of proof, Valverde pointed out that ...

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