Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde delivered again on the Mur de Huy to claim his second career victory at La Fleche Wallonne, and his sixth win this season.
Eyebrows were raised when the Spanish squad decided to nominate ‘Valve’ as leader for this year’s Tour de France instead of Colombian climbing sensation, Nairo Quintana, second last year and the only real rival to Team Sky’s Chris Froome.
The veteran has justified the decision already, however. With victories at the Vuelta Andalucia, the Vuelta a Murcia, Roma Maxima, and the GP Miguel Indurain, few of Valverde’s rivals can claim to have been unprepared for his triumph on the Mur.
Life in the old dog yet? Valverde will hope to prove so again in July, on cycling’s biggest stage. For now, life looks pretty rosy for the 33-year-old Spaniard.
Stefano Sirotti was our man with the lens on the Mur. Check out his gallery below.