Valverde confirms fifth GC success in Ruta del Sol; enters history once again by reaching hundred victories, only achieved by three currently active riders. Movistar Team notches up sixth win in just 15 days.
Alejandro Valverde continues to write his legend as one of the best cyclists the world has ever seen. Sunday 19 February, just over fifteen years since his pro debut, the 36-year-old from Murcia claimed his 100th victory in the sport's top category, a figure only reached by three currently active riders: sprinters Mark Cavendish, André Greipel and Tom Boonen.
Valverde claimed overall honours in the 63rd edition of the Vuelta a Andalucía-Ruta del Sol –his fifth GC success in the Spanish five-day course– after maintaining the one-second gap over Alberto Contador (TFS) at the final stage, 151km between Setenil de las Bodegas and Coín. Under dreadful weather conditions, the Movistar Team, with excellent performance from all its members, had no major problems to keep the race under control and secure the Blues' sixth win of the season -3 for Valverde, 2 for Quintana, 1 for Castroviejo-, all of them in just fifteen days.
Racing for the telephone squad will resume next week, as they continue their activity in Portugal from Wednesday at the Volta ao Alentejo, followed by the Abu Dhabi Tour -part of the UCI WorldTour- from Thursday, with Nairo Quintana leading the roster in the Middle East.