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  • Alejandro Valverde's evergreen empire strikes back (to the future)

    Felix Lowe picks over Alejandro Valverde's Ardennes double, and explains why he could finish the season once again on the top of the pack.

    Movistar team rider Alejandro Valverde of Spain kisses his trophy after winning the Fleche Wallonne Classic cycling race in Huy April 22, 2015Movistar team rider Alejandro Valverde of Spain kisses his trophy after winning the Fleche Wallonne Classic cycling race in Huy April 22, 2015

    As far as birthday weeks go, Alejandro Valverde's was pretty successful with successive scalps earning the Spaniard a huge Ardennes pat on the back.

    Victory in Fleche-Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege - on both occasions over plucky French youngster Julian Alaphilippe - earned veteran Valverde his second Ardennes double in seven years.

    His triumphs sandwiched either side of his 35th birthday, Valverde became only the second rider in history to pull off a double double of Fleche and Liege wins. 

    Crazily, this cycling blogger missed it all completely.

    Having seen the 'Green Bullet' narrowly

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