Dauphine 2008 stage 1 Alejandro Valverde
(Image credit: LUC CLAESSEN)

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse D?Epargne) proved that he has not forgotten his sprinting roots when he made a stunning dash for the line at the end of the Dauphine Libere?s first stage.

Valverde was more than two bike lengths ahead of fastman Thor Hushovd (Credit Agricole) when he crossed the finish line, at the end of an interminable, 14 kilometre, uphill grind from the River Rhone all the way to the mountain town of Privas.

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