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Valverde rebounds with San Sebastian Classic win
Alejandro Valverde wins San Sebastian Classic, rebounds from Tour de France disappointment
Associated Press
2014-08-02 11:42 PM

SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (AP) -- Alejandro Valverde rebounded from missing the podium at the Tour de France by winning the San Sebastian Classic on Saturday.

The Movistar rider neutralized a late attack by rival Joaquim Rodriguez before breaking away on a downhill stretch with just over three kilometers (about two miles) to go while arriving to the Basque coastal city.

Valverde had time to raise both fists in victory as he finished the 219-kilometer (139-mile) mountainous trek in 5 hours, 31 minutes.

Bauke Mollema finished second followed closely by Rodriguez 14 seconds behind.

Valverde finished the Tour de France in fourth place six days ago after struggling in the final stages.

This was his second victory in the one-day classic in northern Spain after first winning it in 2008.

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