Banned in Italy, Valverde leads in Spain

Alejandro Valverde tour of spain 2008 stage 12

Alejandro Valverde may be banned for two years in Italy because of his alleged connections with Operacion Puerto, but he?s still racing in Spain. And doing well. On Tuesday Valverde moved into the overall lead of the Tour of Catalonia.

The Caisse d?Epargne rider was part of a group of 50-odd riders that went clear on the final climb of a mountainous stage running from Girona to Roses on the Meditteranean coast.

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