A former cyclocross world champion who has taken a couple of years to transition to road distances. This kind of racing suits him very well.scholar said:Fair enough. Perhaps I had the wrong sense of his strengths, or of the parcours -- but I wasn't expecting him to do as well on this kind of finish as someone with the strengths that Valverde's record in the hilly classics (and in the FW in particular) displays.
But by others' reaction it sounds as if it's my expectations (whether of ?tybar or of the parcours) that were off rather than his performance that was suspicious.
Is he clean? No clue. We'll know if he becomes Omega Pharma's grand tour climbing extradinaire.