Valverde: "Astana saved the leader's jersey from Roglic"

The Murcia, who dropped a place in the general and is third, valued the day that placed his partner Nairo on the podium. "You have to be happy."


Alejandro Valverde arrived satisfied to Guadalajara. He entered 5:29 of the winner of the day, Philippe Gilbert, and 5:19 of his partner Nairo Quintana, the great protagonist of the day after taking a leap to second place. The Murcia is now third, but he was satisfied in the goal. "If we have turned the Turn upside down? It was an auspicious day for this. We have Nairo fully involved in the general. Tactically we have been perfect."

The stage had no brake. "At the exit I was ahead, but people passed me on the left side and I could not be ahead. Nairo did get in and that was good for us" , said the world champion, who is 2:48 of Roglic, but with the spirit for the clouds: "Of course you can win this Tour, I say it every day."

The Slovenian kept the lead, although he saw how his team, the Jumbo, was weakened on a demanding day and still with the mountain range of Madrid and the Avila stage to go. "Jumbo tried then closed the difference, but could not. That gave us more advantage. In one of the climbs we accelerated to leave the people he threw without men, but Astana was very good and continued to have people in front. Astana saved his jersey to Roglic totally, but it is that everyone here has to fight for their own. ” Many people suffered a lot of wear and tear all day and tomorrow you may notice, especially those who threw all day. wheel ".



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