Valverde seals first victory in rainbow jersey at UAE Tour

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) wins stage 3 at UAE Tour

After three podium finishes already this year, Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) sealed the first victory of his season and his first in the rainbow jersey as world champion on stage 3 of the UAE Tour . The Spaniard got the better of race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) on Jebel Hafeet, timing his ride just right to catch and drop the Slovenian on the upper slopes. Valverde said afterwards that it had been a very tactical effort, and he used his knowledge of the ascent to keep calm. The gradient of the 10.8-kilometre Jebel Hafeet is ever-changing, with its toughest part in the middle before easing off at the top. Valverde won on this climb a year ago to set up his overall win at the Abu Dhabi Tour, and he knew he did not have to react to Roglic's attack with just over four kilometres remaining. Instead, he bided ...

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