'I came way closer to the victory than I expected': Valverde vows to return after top-10 Tour of Flanders finish

The world champion says he's not sure if he'll get as close to victory again but that he was happy with his performance

Alejandro Valverde at the 2019 Tour of Flanders (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) admits he came closer to winning his first ever Tour of Flanders than he had expected, saying he's "really looking forward to coming back" to try and win the race next year.

Alberto Bettiol (EF Education First) won the race attacking from the Oude Kwaremont and staying away for the final 17km as the group of favourites failed to get organised behind.

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