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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 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 mission 1 , but some of the earlier stages go under the radar when it comes to pre-race preparation.

Alejandro Valverde 2 dominated the final kilometre of the short, brutal climb to Vejer de la Frontera 3 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.