Valverde frustrates the Blues


After many places of honor, Alejandro Valverde won Sunday in Innsbruck, the title of world champion. The 38-year-old Spanish veteran beat Romain Bardet and Canada’s Michael Woods in the sprint. Private rainbow jersey for 21 years and the victory of Laurent Brochard in San Sebastian, the team of France was betting big this Sunday on the online race of the world championships disputed in Innsbruck. On a course cut for climbers with a 7.9 km to 5.7% lump to climb seven times and an impressive final wall (2.8 km to 11.8%, of which a passage to 28%!), Bleus responded, but had to leave the victory to the indestructible Alejandro Valverde, who won the last great victory at 38, which was missing in his remarkable career. The team of France had put all the chances on its side to get the reward so much hoped. Apart from the misfortune of Warren Barguil, victim of a fall 104 km from the finish and forced to retire, the men of Cyrille Guimard have met expectations. Alexandre Geniez and Anthony Roux took to the board in the first part of the race to limit the gap with a breakaway of a dozen riders, who counted up to 19 minutes in advance. Alaphilippe wedges … When the race was stretched, about 45 km from the finish, with the first riders attacking the big nations (Italy, Spain), Rudy Molard and Tony Gallopin were still there to do the job. The French public even dreamed when the three leaders, Thibaut Pinot, Romain Bardet and Julian Alaphippe were leading the rise of Gramartboden, renamed “Hell”. Perfectly launched by the first two, the polka dot jersey of the last Tour de France was to place the fatal attack at the top, but it has let go in the most difficult passage. Remained at the forefront with Valverde and Michael Woods, Bardet tried his all-out in the final sprint, but could not do anything behind the Spaniard. A two-time silver and four-time bronze medal, the Murcian finally wins the right to wear the coveted rainbow jersey, which has already won almost everything. Winned by emotion, the latter has not been able to hold back tears on arrival. French side, the disappointment is required, but the Blues have displayed a good state of mind collective and were simply beaten by stronger than them.