Valverde claims back-to-back victories in Jaén, keeping control in Vuelta a Andalucía after outstanding work from the whole Movistar Team in the most demanding stage, prelude of another hilltop finish in Cabra

(Brief) Alejandro Valverde's love story with Jaén and the Vuelta a Andalucía had yet another chapter today on the slopes of the Castillo de Santa Catalina, the finish of the 60th Ruta del Sol's hardest stage over 187 kilometers and six rated climbs, no rest allowed from the very start in Vélez Málaga. The Movistar Team's leader, already winner in the province with two stages of the Vuelta a España -finishing atop La Pandera (2003) and in the capital (2008)-, took the splendid work by his team-mates all day to fruition at today's arrivée.

Erviti and Capecchi were the first two men in charge of keeping controlled an 11-man attempt that rode through the opening ascents up-front; after that, with about thirty kilometers from the end, Plaza picked up the pace and José Herrada and Javi Moreno offered their force to catch every single attack aganist the Blue train. Finally, Ion Izagirre moved up to the small front group, with about ten riders resisting the pace, to keep Valverde calm and confident so the Murcian could prove his impressive legs in a twisty, steep final section next to the castle.

Valverde is now 19 seconds ahead of Richie Porte (SKY), with Luis León Sánchez (CJR) in third at 21" and Zubeldia (TFR) and Kangert (AST) over half a minute behind the Spaniard in the eve of the second and last mountain-top finish of this year's Andalusian stagerace: a long (197km), one-climb day finishing atop the Santuario de la Virgen de la Sierra de Cabra (Cat-1.)

Vuelta a Andalucía

Results / Stage 2

20/2/2014

Riders overall

Stage results

  • 1st    Valverde   (MOV)   5.17.19
  • 2nd    Porte   (SKY)   0.19
  • 3rd    Sanchez   (CJR)   0.21
  • 4th    Zubeldia   (TFR)   0.37
  • 5th    Kangert   (AST)   0.38

Movistar Team overall

  • 1st    Alejandro Valverde   5.17.19
Article taken from Movistar Team News Blog