Alejandro Valverde turns down helicopter transfer in order to travel with team

As organisers laid on a helicopter to transfer the top 10 riders in the Vuelta a España to the rest day location, Alejandro Valverde declined the offer

Alejandro Valverde on the final climb of Stage 16 of the 2015 Vuelta Espana in Luarca (Watson)

(Image credit: Watson)

Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde reportedly turned down the chance to travel by helicopter from the end of stage 16 at Ermita de Alba to the rest day town of Burgos - preferring instead to travel with his team by bus.

Organisers laid on a chopper to transport the riders in the top 10 of the general classification, saving them an extra three hours on the road in the team bus. Valverde was apparently the only one to turn down the air transfer, arriving at this team hotel at around 11.30pm rather than the 8.30pm arrival of the other nine.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.