Yeah, people often forget that Valverde is a contender in almost every race he enters, on almost every terrain, except pan flat. They often forget he has 7 WC medals, a ridiculous achievement! Achieved on various terrains, form rolling to mountain. He came second to Boonen in an 30-40 men sprint, third to Gilbert and Boasson Hagen in an explosive Cauberg finale, and duke it out with the likes of Bardet and Woods on a 20% wall. And at the same time ha has 18 !!! top 10 placings in Grand Tours! Who comes even close to that? I think no one.In this case you have to take into account results other than just GTs and monuments along with other podium results. Valverde has been on the podium of Lombardia as well as Amstel. Finished top 10 at Flanders, has record number of wins in several races, and has a lot more wins in general than Nibali.
its his own fault for riding crit races 2-3 days before the frickin Vuelta.Oh man I hate when GC contenders have bad luck and don't show up. So now after Yates, Geraint and Dumoulin not coming, we may not even have Carapaz.
I hope this isn't some sort of Ineos vs Movistar thing because he's leaving after this season but maybe I'm just being paranoid. If nothing is broken he should start since I think.
The crit was last Sunday. It is odd that his injury is being reported only now when the crash happened four days ago.its his own fault for riding crit races 2-3 days before the frickin Vuelta.
Of course it doesnt have something to do with that. Otherwise Movistar simply wouldnt have selected him in the first place.
Knee injury, Epstein-Barr virusWhat actually happened to Esteban Chaves after his excellent 2016-season? Has he had any serious injuries or illness?
PossiblyWait a minute... Carapaz not starting?
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