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Alejandro Valverde returns to racing with victory in Route d’Occitanie

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World Champion Alejandro Valverde showed us that he’s back in business after nearly two months away from competition as he won the opening stage of La Route d’Occitanie.

The defending champion beat Eddie Dunbar (Team INEOS) and Elie Gesbert (Arkéa Samsic) to the line on stage one of the 2019 edition.

Valverde looked a level above the rest as he marked all the moves from the leading group on the final climb of the first stage. The Spaniard was able to come around Urán in the final 200m with Dunbar sticking to his wheel.

It was Valverde’s 124th career victory, and he now leads the race overall.

Route d’Occitanie 2019 – stage 1 results ( Gignac – Vallée de l’Hérault – Saint-Geniez-d’Olt-et-d’Aubrac):

1Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

4:44:01

2Edward Dunbar (Team INEOS)

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3Elie Gesbert (Arkéa Samsic)

+02”

4Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)

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5Tony Gallopin (AG2R La Mondiale)

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6Ivan Sosa (Team INEOS)

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7Alex Aranburu (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA)

+07”’

8Rein Taaramäe (Total Direct Energie)

+10”

9Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)

+34”

10Pavel Sivakov (Team INEOS)

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