Alejandro Valverde takes solo victory at GP Indurain: It gives me confidence towards Itzulia
Apr 04 2021 01:46 am CET

Alejandro Valverde takes solo victory at GP Indurain: It gives me confidence towards Itzulia
Alejandro Valverde takes solo victory at GP Indurain: It gives me confidence towards Itzulia
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Movistar's Alejandro Valverde has taken the victory of the GP Miguel Induraín after a 10-kilometre solo effort.

The former World Champion has shown his strong legs in the year that is supposed to be the last one of his professional career. The Spanish race was 203.2 kilometres long in Navarra and despite the crash of Enric Mas, Movistar took the lead of the pack to favour one of their own.

Luis León Sánchez (Astana- Premier Tech) was the last escapee to remain in front, but Valverde launched an attack from the pack with ten kilometres to go, got to his fellow countryman and left him behind. Despite the attempts of Alexey Lutsenko (Astana) to catch him, the Spaniard crossed the finish line by himself.

"I want to thank everyone who supports me and all the people who cared about me and enjoys cycling," said Valverde. "I’m super happy with this victory today. I want to thank the team, too, for their great job. We knew it was going to be a difficult day, with Astana being the strongest block today and doing a great job to keep the race under control from the beginning.

"At that final race situation with ‘Luisle’ and Lutsenko I was in a bit of fear – we’re talking about two super strong riders, which made it not easy to manage. When Lutsenko went so fast after Muru and took those meters I knew, though, that it wasn’t long until Ibarra, and I used my energy well to remain close and then, at the final part of the climb, give it my all with that final attack and open that gap.

"This victory gives me so much joy and confidence towards the Itzulia – hopefully we can have as good weather there as in Navarra. My legs are feeling well and we’ll be bringing a great them there. I want to dedicate this victory to our great friend, Gary Baños – wherever he is, he will have surely enjoyed that one. Things are starting to go well for us as a team, and that’s important to keep improving and leave more challenging times behind."
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