Alejandro Valverde became the second oldest world champion by winning today’s world championship. Only Joop Zoetemelk in 1985 was older then Valverde today.
Alejandro Valverde is the seventh rider to win all medals at the world championship after André Darrigade, Theo Middelkamp, Ferdi Kübler, Felice Gimondi, Giuseppe Saronni & Moreno Argentin.
Michael Woods became the first Canadian rider on the podium of the world championship since Steve Bauer in 1984.
Oldest winner world championship
Alejandro Valverde is the second rider to win a stage in eight different Vuelta’s after Domingo Perurena. Perurena did this in nine different Vuelta’s.
Most editions with stage win
9 | Domingo Perurena | SPA
8 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA
7 | Roberto Heras | SPA
7 | Alessandro Petacchi | ITA
7 | Alex Zülle | SUI
6 | Julian Berrendero | SPA
6 | Gerben Karstens | NED
6 | Sean Kelly | IRL
6 | Joaquin Rodriguez | SPA
Alejandro Valverde has become the second oldest stage winner in Vuelta a España after Christopher Horner in 2013.
Oldest stage winners Vuelta a Espana
41-314 | Christopher Horner |USA | Stage 10 | 2013
41-307 | Christopher Horner | USA | Stage 3 | 2013
38-122 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA | Stage 2 | 2018
37-334 | Manuel Martin Pinera | SPA | Stage 10 |1969
37-061 | Erik Zabel | GER | Stage 7 | 2007
36-344 | Manuel Martin Pinera | SPA | Stage 18 | 1968
36-334 | Manuel Martin Pinera | SPA | Stage 8 | 1968
36-245 | Roger de Vlaeminck | BEL | Stage 8 | 1984
36-243 | Alessandro Petacchi | ITA | Stage 7 | 2010
36-240 | Dag-Otto Lauritzen | NOR | Stage 15 | 1993
Alejandro Valverde has won the second stage in La Vuelta. It was 15 years after his first stage win in the Spanish tour. Only Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali have won in a Grand Tour fifteen years after their first win a stage.
Before today, Valverde shared this record in La Vuelta with Domingo Perurena (1966-1978) and Joaquin Rodriguez (2003-2015).
Most years between first and last stage in a Grand Tour
15 | Gino Bartali | ITA | Giro | 1935 | 1950
15 | Fausto Coppi | ITA | Giro | 1940 | 1955
15 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA | Vuelta | 2003 | 2018
14 | Jean Alavoine | FRA | Tour | 1909 | 1923
14 | Olimpio Bizzi | ITA | Giro | 1936 | 1950
14 | Mario Cipollini | ITA | Giro | 1989 | 2003
13 | Alfredo Sivocci | ITA | Giro | 1911 | 1924
13 | Louis Mottiat | ITA | Tour | 1912 | 1925
13 | Costante Girardengo | ITA | Giro | 1913 | 1926
13 | Rene Vietto | ITA | Tour | 1934 | 1947
13 | Gino Bartali | ITA | Tour | 1937 | 1950
13 | Adolfo Leoni | ITA | Giro | 1938 | 1951
13 | Francesco Moser | ITA | Giro | 1973 | 1986
13 | Moreno Argentin | ITA | Giro | 1981 | 1994
Alejandro Valverde finished second today in La Flèche Wallonne. It was his 17th podium in an Ardennes Classic1. With this 17th podium, he extends his lead on Eddy Merckx as the rider with the most podium spots in Ardennes Classics.
Most podiums in Ardennes Classics
17 | Alejandro Valverde | SPA
15 | Eddy Merckx | BEL
11 | Michael Boogerd | NED
11 | Davide Rebellin | ITA
11 | Frans Verbeeck | BEL
10 | Claude Criquielion | BEL
9 | Moreno Argentin | ITA
8 | Philippe Gilbert | BEL
8 | Steven Rooks | NED