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Valverde takes contentious 1st Basque Tour stage

Valverde takes contentious 1st Basque Tour stage

Alejandro Valverde won the first stage of the Tour of Basque Country on Monday after Oscar Freire was stripped of victory for a rule infringement during the final sprint.
Freire crossed the line ahead of Valverde but the three-time world champion was dropped from first place after race officials judged that the Milan-San Remo winner had blocked Valverde's path as he tried to come up on the inside.
Freire says the wind played a factor.
Valverde, who rides for Caisse D'Epargne, took the 152-kilomter (94-mile) ride in 3 hours, 57 minutes, 58 seconds, ahead of Christophe Le Mevel of Francaise des Jeux and Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Transitions, who finished in the same time _ as did Freire.
Valverde is the overall race favorite.


Updated : 2021-08-04 02:18 GMT+08:00