Alejandro Valverde says it'll be 'difficult' but 'not impossible' to overturn deficit to Yates in final Vuelta mountain stage

The Spaniard suffered a bad day on the final climb of stage 19, and now sits over a minute behind race leader Simon Yates

Alejandro Valverde on stage 19 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) sees it as "difficult" but "not impossible" to overthrow Simon Yates's Vuelta a España lead in the final mountain day on Saturday.

The Mitchelton-Scott Brit leads by 1-38 minutes on Valverde. He gained over a minute on stage 19 on Friday, leaving behind Valverde on the Rabassa summit finish.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.