Alejandro Valverde (ESP) wins the 2018 World Championship road race, his 12th edition, to cap off a mightily impressive comeback season.
The 2018 UCI Men’s Road Race World Championship presented the toughest course the race had seen in many years with over 4,760m of climbing across the 258km route. On paper it was a course that suited the punchier climbers. On the day it all came down to experience.
After almost 250km of racing, the Höttinger Höll a 3km climb at an average gradient of 11.5% proved decisive. Valverde, Michael Woods (CAN), Romain Bardet (FRA) and Tom Dumoulin (NLD) formed the winning break that would contest the sprint to the line. With Valverde taking long turns on the front, a lack of attacks in the final few hundred meters meant La Bala (the bullet) was forced to lead out the sprint. This proved no problem for the evergreen 38 year old who powered home ahead of Bardet and Woods to win the Rainbow Jersey for the very first time.
At this year’s World Championships, the best rider with the best equipment won. Alejandro Valverde made no compromises with his equipment over a course that demanded the ultimate in performance. Valverde chose the ABUS AirBreaker helmet to provide the optimum combination of aerodynamics and ventilation. On the bike, Valverde selected Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS group set to ensure minute precision, speed and gear shifting fluidity even under strain.
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