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  Alejandro Valverde    

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Alejandro Valverde was born on April 25, 1980.

The Spanish rider stood on every step of the Vuelta a Espana podium, and five times stood on the podium of the World Championship Road Race.

He also won monuments in cycling and other one-day classics.

Valverde won the 2009 Vuelta a Espana in front of Samuel Sanchez of Spain and Cadel Evans of Australia.

Valverde was also 2nd in the 2006 Vuelta a Espana behind Alexander Vinokourov of Kazakhstan.

In addition, Valverde was 3rd in the 2003 Vuelta a Espana behind Roberto Heras and Isidro Nozal of Spain.


Valverde was 2nd in the 2003 World Championship Road Race behind Igor Astarloa of Spain.

Valverde was also 2nd in the 2005 World Championship Road Race behind Tom Boonen of Belgium.

In addition, Valverde was 3rd in the 2006 World Championship Road Race behind Paolo Bettini of Italy and Erik Zabel of Germany.

Valverde was also 3rd in the 2012 World Championship Road Race behind Philippe Gilbert of Belgium and Edvald Boasson-Hagen of Norway.

Valverde won the Liege-Bastogne-Liege Classic in 2006, 2008, 2015, and 2017.

Valverde was 2nd in the 2012 Vuelta a Espana behind Alberto Contador of Spain.

Valverde also won the Points Jersey in the Vuelta a Espana in 2012, 2013, and 2015.


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Valverde was 3rd in the 2013 Vuelta a Espana behind Chris Horner of the USA and Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.

In addition, Valverde was 3rd in the 2013 World Championship Road Race behind Rui Costa of Portugal and Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain.

Valverde was also 3rd in the 2014 Vuelta a Espana behind Alberto Contador of Spain and Christopher Froome of Great Britain.

Valverde was 3rd in the 2014 World Championship Road Race behind Michal Kwiatkowski of Poland and Simon Gerrans of Australia.

Valverde was also 3rd in the 2015 Tour de France behind Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Nairo Quintana of Colombia.

In addition, Valverde was 3rd in the 2016 Giro d'Italia behind Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Esteban Chavez of Spain.


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