Valverde wins in Majorca hills

Alejandro Valverde had been talking about starting the season slowly with llles Balears, but if so h

Alejandro Valverde had been talking about starting the season slowly with llles Balears, but if so h
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Alejandro Valverde got his new career with the Illes Balears team off to a great start when he took victory on the third leg of the Majorca Challenge, his team's home race. Valverde finished alone after attacking a small group on the last of the day's three major climbs, the Colomer. Valverde gave much of the credit for his win to local rider Toni Tauler. "I dedicate this victory to my wife, the Balearic Islands and to Murcia," said the Murcian rider. "I also want to pay tribute to the great work done by Toni Tauler. It was a tough day because it didn't stop raining at all, but the team worked well right from the start." Although there is no official overall prize for what is effectively five separate one-day races on consecutive days, Valverde added that his goal now would be to maintain his 'unofficial' lead. Pollena-Port de Polena 1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears 165km in 4.20.48 (38.05kph) 2 Ronald Mutsaars (Hol) Rabobank 0.42 3 Steven de Jongh (Hol) Rabobank 0.56 4 David Mu¤oz (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 1.18 5 Rolf Aldag (Ger) T-Mobile 1.19 6 Aitor Perez (Spa) Spiuk 1.21 7 Ricardo Serrano (Spa) Kaiku 8 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa) Andalucia-Paul Versan 9 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku 10 Gorka Arrizabalaga (Spa) Orbea Overall 1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Illes Balears 9.34.59 2 De Jongh 0.56 3 Mu¤oz 1.18 4 Aldag 1.19 5 Serrano 1.21 6 Perez 7 Casta¤o 8 Mosquera 9 Adolfo Garcia Quesada (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 1.38 10 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana
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