Oakley's Alejandro Valverde Sprints To Victory At The Tour De Romandie
Oakley’s Alejandro Valverde secured his victory at the Tour de Romandie on the final stage, a 121.8 km mountainous route that started and finished in Sion, Switzerland, on Sunday.
Valverde entered the stage one-second behind Oakley’s Australian race-leader Michael Rogers. In the final climb, Valverde successfully dropped Rogers and sprinted to victory ahead of Igor Anton and Simon Spilak, who came in second and third, respectively. Oakley’s Michael Rogers took fourth.
“It was a very difficult race with the weather conditions, but this year I adapted best to the cold and the rain,” Valverde said. “The bonuses were very important, but I didn’t want to risk everything on the sprints and that is why I attacked on the final climb.”
While many use Romandie as key warm-up to the Giro d’Italia, Valverde plans to skip the Italian Grand Tour.
Instead he will take a break from racing before preparing for his next significant objective, the Dauphine-Libere race in the French Alps in June. He won that race last year and hopes to again in 2010.
1 18 Y VALVERDE BELMONTE GCE ESP 17:37:55 _ 1
2 138 W*SPILAK Simon LAM SLO 17:38:06 +11 _ 1
3 94 MENCHOV Denis RAB RUS 17:38:16 +21 _ 2
4 58 ROGERS Michael THR AUS 17:38:30 +35 _ 3