Cycling – World Road Championships: Alejandro Valverde Wins
Spain’s Alejandro Valverde showed his excellence in a sprint finish, to win the men’s race at the Road World Championships.
Valverde completed only in front of France’s Romain Bardet, Canada’s Michael Woods and Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands in Innsbruck, Austria.
— FloBikes (@flobikes) September 30, 2018
The 38-year-old had already completed on the platform a record 6 times.
Peter Kennaugh completed sixteenth for Great Britain and Adam Yates 37th, however Vuelta a Espana champion Simon Yates did not wrap up.
Valverde, Bardet and Woods hustled the last couple of kilometers of the 258-kilometer bumpy course together, before being joined by Dumoulin going into the last kilometer.
Spaniard Valverde drove the last dash for the line and stayed unchallenged to beat Bardet by a little more than a bicycle length, with Woods third.
Great cycling by Alejandro Valverde to win the rainbow t-shirt. Château!!
He’s had his ups and downs in his pro professional cycling career. Amazing to think he didn’t ride a single bike race in 2011, presumably because he was busy doing other things.
— UK Cycling Expert (@ukcyclingexpert) September 30, 2018
Results – World Road Championships
- Alejandro Valverde
- Romain Bardet
- Michael Woods
- Tom Dumoulin
- Gianni Moscon
- Roman Kreuziger
- Michael Valgren
- Julian Alaphilippe
- Thibaut Pinot
- Rui Costa
Riders who joined Alejandro Valverde on the World Championships podium on the seven occasions he finished there between 2003 and 2018: Astarloa, Bardet, Bettini, Boonen, Boasson Hagen, Costa, Gerrans, Geslin, Gilbert, Kwiatkowski, Rodriguez, Van Petegem, Woods and Zabel.
— CafeRoubaix (@CafeRoubaix) September 30, 2018
Alejandro Valverde 🇪🇸 (38 years-158 days) is the 2nd oldest men’s road race world champion after Joop Zoetemelk 🇳🇱 in 1985 (38-272).
— Gracenote Olympic (@GracenoteGold) September 30, 2018
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