It was a 100km race in Almería.It wasn't by any chance the Lleida-Barcelone-Lleida, was it?
I wonder just how technical it was; a lot of gravel races are just like road races, but off-road.....And most races tend to favour the ex road racers rather than the off-road specialists.
It was a 100km race in Almería.
According to the link below he left the bunch behind 2km after the start.
El del Movistar, a sus 42 años y tras retirarse la pasada temporada, se estrenó en la modalidad de gravel con un triunfo contundente en La Indomable.as.com
Valverde on a 98km lone breakaway with no cameras to be seen is the paradigm of myth.
He's racing again next Saturday in Girona.
I didn't go to the Belgian Waffle Ride in San Diego but lots of people did.. would not be surprised to see Valverde coming to beat people up and then flash his pesky smile like he is always super fresh!!"He's coming home". Except he isn't, coz he just keeps on racing.
These days, "retired" pretty obviously means "started racing gravel full-time."
Alejandro Valverde dominó La Indomable, prueba de las UCI Gravel World Series, gracias a una excepcional ventaja obtenida en la primera mitad de la prueba, prácticamente toda en ascensoesmtb.com
Some info; 8 mins quicker uphill, and 2 mins slower on the descent, when he didn't need to push it.
He's not showing up on the elite men's start list, so unless he wants to make a surprise, last-minute entrance I doubt it.Does anyone know if he's riding Unbound Gravel in the US?