For the first time in this year?s Tour of Spain, on stage 13 from Guadalajar to Cuenca, race leader Alejandro Valverde reminded his fans that he?s not only an extra-ordinary climber and solid all-rounder, he?s also one of the bunch?s best sprinters, too.

The Caisse D?Epargne-Illes Balears pro. placed third in a bunch sprint of 29 riders that came within a whisker of catching stage winner Samuel Sanchez of the Euskaltel-Eusakadi team. Second and leading the pursuit of the 28-year-old Sanchez was Norwegian Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) - the winner of the same stage to Cuenca in 2005.

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