Alejandro Valverde has Google Maps to thank for Vuelta stage four win

Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde used Google Maps to scope out the final climb of stage four at the Vuelta a Espa a

Alejandro Valverde Has Google Maps To Thank For Vuelta Stage Four Win

25 August 2015 70th Vuelta a Espana Stage 04 : Estepona – Vejer de la Frontera VALVERDE Alejandro (ESP) Movistar IRIZAR Markel (ESP) Trek Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

Riders targeting the overall victory a the Vuelta a Espa a will likely have scoped out the key climbs of the race by way of a reconnaissance mission1, but some of the earlier stages go under the radar when it comes to pre-race preparation.

Alejandro Valverde2 dominated the final kilometre of the short, brutal climb to Vejer de la Frontera3 in a fashion that made viewers think he d been out on the climb and picked his perfect time to attack. But the reality was that the Spanish champion simply looked on Google Maps on the morning of the stage and discovered that it played to his strengths.

Alejandro Valverde Has Google Maps To Thank For Vuelta Stage Four Win

The final stages of the climb to Vejer de la Frontera on Google Maps

We did not know the finish and this morning we saw on Google Maps which is the best thing since sliced bread that was hard. We saw that it could be good for me, he told AS.4

Katusha s Alberto Losada was pushing hard and I saw that I could wait for those last 400 meters, which I knew were very tough.

Valverde beat Peter Sagan5 to the line to deny the Slovak his second consecutive stage win, with Katusha s Dani Moreno pipping Nicolas Roche into third place.


  1. ^ Nairo Quintana recons Tour de France cobbles (
  2. ^ Alejandro Valverde (
  3. ^ Five talking points from stage four of the Vuelta a Espa a (
  4. ^ he told AS. (
  5. ^ Peter Sagan (

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