Valverde amazes with his victory at the Critérium Dauphiné

The peloton’s grandfather imposes his cunning on a mountain stage after taking advantage of the excellent work of Lpez and Verona.

Valverde celebrates the victory at the Dauphin.AFP

The grandfather dances on a path strewn with traps to the admiration of some rivals who already have assumed that with him the utopian is feasible. Alejandro ValverdeAt the age of 41, he leaves his undying signature at the Critrium Dauphin, the last top-ranking test prior to the Tour de France. The 2018 world champion won the sixth day of the French round, ending at the port of Le Sappey in Charteuse, after an extraordinary ramp sprint and a great job from Movistar.

The austrian Lukas Postlberger (Bora Hansgrohe) lost the yellow jersey to the Kazakh Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

Valverde completed Movistar’s control work on the last climb, where CarlosVerona assumed command of the main group and selected the group to pick up Lukas Pstlberger and sprinters and to clear the ground to his leader. The Madrileo is an outstanding gregarious, with class and power. When he used up his bullets, the figure of Supermn resurfaced. Michelangelo Lopez, who was in charge of closing the gaps opened by Tao Geoghegan Y David Gaudu.

The leader of the telephone squad, sacrificing his personal options and acting as a faithful squire. Goodbye to the quarrels of yesteryear, welcome a promising new alliance. The Colombian was ready, printing the appropriate speed so that in the last 200 meters Valverde jumped to overcome Tao Geoghegan and add his second victory of the season. The grandfather calculated the distance perfectly and gave him time to raise his arms and celebrate his new victory, the 129th of his extensive palmars.

With my mind in Tokyo

Valverde is not only the oldest rider on the Dauphin, but also on the UCI World Tour. He is one of the three participants in this edition who can boast of having the French round in his palm (2008 and 2009 editions), the other two are Chris Froome (2013, 2015, 2016) and Geraint Thomas (2018).

Second win of the season after the one achieved in April on Indurain Grand Prize. Decorosa campaign after the lousy 2020. In this course he has fought for victory in the classics of Liege-Bastoa-Liege (third), Walloon Arrow (third) and Amstel Gold Race (fifth) and was close to the triumph in stages in Basque Country Y Return to Catalonia.

His main objective is the gold in the Olympic Games, for this he faces the Tour in order to refine the state of form for the appointment of Japan. With the Murcian it is useless to mark an expiration date, but his intention is to prolong the competitive activity until 2022, to say goodbye with the public on the roads.


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