Valverde doubles his score in Andorra

valverde, vuelta, eight, contador, rodriguez

On a stage that took riders from the flat roads of Lleida into the mountains of the tax dodgers favourite state, Alejandro Valverde triumphed as yet again the four riders who had arrived at the Vuelta as pre-race favourites justified their status.

The six rider break which formed after 75 kilometers of hectic racing - Javier Ramirez (Andalucia), Javier Aramendia (Caja Rural), Amael Moinard (BMC), Cameron Meyer (Orica Green Edge),  Mickael Buffaz (Cofidis) and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil) - had over four minutes lead with 30 kilometers to go on on the 174km stage, but nobody was much bothered - apart from the riders in the break, obviously.

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