April 28, 2008
Well, we hope he’ll be there come July. He can climb and sprint. He can mix it with anyone in a tour – and even in a Classic. Whilst he does have a small cloud still hanging about from his brush with that Spanish Affair, he’s not in the frame at the moment. So tick Valverde come July. Note also that Cadel Evans missed the key break but wasn’t too far off the pace.
One year ago in Ans, Alejandro Valverde found himself just short of his second victory in Liège-Bastogne-Liège, but this year the Caisse d’Epargne rider hit back with Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) and Fränk Schleck (Team CSC) left wondering what could have been. The 28 year-old, winner of the 2006 Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, added a third Ardennes Classic to his already rich palmarès by waiting until the final 200 metres to swing by his two escape companions.