FI­NAL CLIMB DE­CIDES IT FOR VALVERDE

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Paradise Groad -

The 38-year-old Valverde hung tough with French­men Ro­main Bardet (left) and Cana­dian sur­prise pack­age Michael Woods (right) up the fi­nal Hőt­tinger Hőll climb. The wily Spaniard knew he had the edge on the two in the sprint and fol­lowed ev­ery at­tack, as spec­ta­tors crowded the fi­nal as­cent. The three were joined by Dutch­man Tom Du­moulin in the fi­nal few kilo­me­tres, but he was un­able to cope with Valverde’s fear­some sprint in the fi­nal 300m, and fin­ished in fourth place.

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