Oakley Dominates at the Tour of Spain "La Vuelta"
Oakley dominated the Tour of Spain “La Vuelta” with a complete podium.
Oakley’s Alejandro Valverde finally got a signature win. The 29-year-old Spaniard claimed the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday by being the most consistent rider during the 21-stage race that began August 29th in Assen, Netherlands.
“I was missing a big win and now this year I’ve done it, it’s incredible,” the Caisse D’Epargne rider said. "I’ve proved to myself I can win a three-week event and I don’t think any race, a Giro d’Italia or a Tour de France, can be much more difficult than this Vuelta. "The Vuelta, Giro and Tour are considered cycling’s Grand Tours.
Oakley’s Samuel Sanchez of Spain placed second overall, 55 seconds behind, while Oakley’s Australian Cadel Evans finished third, 1 minute, 32 seconds back.
“The best rider has won, the Spanish Vuelta is 21 days long and what is important in a big race is consistency, he who makes the fewest mistakes is the one who takes the spoils and Valverde is the one who has failed the least,” Sanchez said. “I was 55 seconds behind him and after more than 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles), that’s not a lot.”
Silence-Lotto rider Evans, 32, could have finished much closer to Valverde had his rear tire not gone flat in the 13th stage, a tough mountain leg from Berja to a 7,808-foot peak in the Sierra Nevada.
Evans had been setting a fast pace on the ascent up the steep Monachil peak and challenging Valverde for the overall lead when the mishap took place. His support car wasn’t close by and the repair cost him 1:23.
1 VALVERDE, Alejandro ESP OAKLEY
2 SÁNCHEZ, Samuel ESP OAKLEY
3 EVANS, Cadel AUS OAKLEY