he was 2nd and 4th (out of the favorites) on the 2 climbs higher than Cotos in this Vuelta
While the climbs of stage 18 aren't super-steep, they are quite high altitude at 1750-1850 m.
Valverde should suffer in the thin air. If Lopéz and Pog attacks on the last Morcuera, I could see Valverde lose 3 minutes or more.
The last half of the penultimate climb is the hardest part of the stage.
I mean, obviously he was riding his own race. But he seemed to have been intentionally avoiding harming Roglic's chances. He refused to pull for a few minutes and only when to the front when Roglic was back on the wheel. I have no issues with him doing whatever he wants anyway but even more, given that he's twenty, not pulling and going for white is a legit strategy. But it did seem a little weird that he did come up to pull once Rorglic rejoined, given that the objective for doing so seemed to be going for a podium.Do you really think he was doming for Roglic?!
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