Valverde takes Vuelta victory
- by Christopher Jones
- Published: 21 September 2009
Alejandro Valverde of Team Caisse d’Epargne takes overall victory in the 2009 Vuelta a Espana. Finishing safely in the pack, Valverde held a 55 second lead on Euskaltel’s Samuel Sanchez and 1 minute 32 seconds on Australian Cadel Evans of Silence-Lotto.
Andre Greipel was the stage winner, his fourth victory of the tour. David Moncoutie (Cofidis) was the overall winner of the mountain classifications while Xacobeo-Galicia took the over team victory.
Australian Cadel Evans missed out on a better result and chance to challenge Valverde after a puncture and bad wheel change cost him over one minute.