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Alejandro Valverde A New Young Star At Envalira

This stage number nine of the edition 58th of Vuelta a Espaсa had a certain similarity with the previous ones: really hard fight for the final triumph. In a day in which the riders had to ascent three different climbs: Bonaigua, Cantу and Envalira, the outcome was unclear until the very last minute. The ninth stage that covered the way between Vielha and Port dґEnvalira was decided at the very last kilometre with all the protagonists on the stage. The main actor was the very young rider Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Kelme-Costa Blanca in front of Frigo, Unai Osa, Piepoli, Mancebo and the Colombian rider Fйlix Cбrdenas, no doubt the one who fought hard.

This young boy of 23, born in Murcia, is having an excellent year and some think that he is very likely to become a new Spanish star within international cycling. Valverde has also become the new leader of Kelme-Costa Blanca as Oscar Sevilla is suffering too much from his injuries, and he has done it really well, he is brave and sure.

At Envalira the rider from Puerto Lumbreras managed to leave behind the favourite and best riders in the world. His victory can make us keep on betting on cycling, specially in Spain, where the teams are short of sponsors.

The day was remarkable. The modest riders of Labarca2 – Cafй Baquй were great; they fought hard to take the Colombian Cбrdenas to the final victory and they almost get it. Isidro Nozal and the yellow team did not let them achieve their aim; those of Once-Eroski never stop behaving like real heroes.

Cбrdenas also had to face with the attacks from riders such as Aitor Gonzбlez, Roberto Heras, Beltrбn, Rasmusen and some other riders of ibanesto.com such as Unai Osa, Leonardo Piepoli or Francisco Mancebo.

The race was so complicated and the strength so similar that those who survived the Pyrenees were able to reach the two thousand metres at Envalira. Isidro Nozal suffered more than enough for one day. He watched Heras and he managed to keep his Gold Jersey for another day. The kisses and flowers were for Alejandro Valverde. The future of Spanish cycling does not seem so dark after all. The brilliant performances will survive.

Osvaldo Menйndez/Prensa La Vuelta.

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