'All I could do was suffer and then suffer some more': Valverde content after 'giving everything' in final Vuelta mountains

Alejandro Valverde says he leaves the Vuelta a España happy after giving it his all but falling well short of the overall victory

Alejandro Valverde looks dejected after stage 20 of the 2018 Vuelta a España (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) looked to be riding a fairytale Vuelta a España at 38 years old, but it ended as a sufferfest today in Andorra.

The Spaniard threatened to take the red leader's jersey from Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott), coming within 25 seconds two days ago, but those thoughts escaped quickly in the last mountain test before the final Madrid finish. Valverde ended tough mountain day on the Coll de la Gallina down from second to fifth overall at 4-28 minutes.

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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.