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Valverde Takes Emotional Tour Stage Win
20 Jul, 2012

Alejandro Valverde experienced a special day in his comeback year to the Tour de France, the Spaniard soloed to victory high in the Pyrenees saluting his sponsor Movistar and his loyal team that helped set the day up for him.
Valverde who was part of the day's early breakaway was assisted by team mate Rui Costa before going solo with 35km remaining on the day.  Chased all the way by Team Liquigas Cannondale then SKY Valverde saw his lead eroding with every km but held on from a fast finishing Froome by 19 seconds.

Wiggo with the help of his team of stars has now past his harshest test in this years tour and now salivates at the prospect of the looming 53km time trial in two days time where he can stretch out his long legs again in his specialist event.

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A very happy Valverde

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