Alejandro Valverde hails ‘incredible & tactical’ first win in rainbow jersey

The Spaniard breaks the curse of the rainbow jersey early

Alejandro Valverde takes his maiden win in the rainbow jersey at the 2019 UAE Tour (Photo: Yuzuru SUNADA)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Alejandro Valverde says it was an “incredible and tactical victory” to repeat his success at the summit of Jebel Hafeet, this time in the rainbow jersey.

The Spaniard waited patiently on the climb before springing across to race leader Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and sprinting for the line from 250 metres out.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.