Dauphine 2008 Alejandro Valverde

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde had a less troubled ride than expected on the last day of the Dauphine - taking his first ever victory in a week-long stage race: now, he says, it?s time for the Tour.

Finally there were no fireworks on the Dauphine?s last stage, a 127 kilometre trek through the Chartreuse mountains, and the Caisse D?Epargne rider ended the day as he?d started: in the lead.

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