Alejandro Valverde takes Tour de Romandie title with final stage win

• Final-stage victory gives Valverde Tour win by 11 seconds
• Team Columbia's Michael Rogers struggles and loses lead

Alejandro Valverde

Caisse d'Eparge rider Alejandro Valverde celebrates his final-stage win that gave him the overal lead on the Tour de Romandie Photograph: Denis Balibouse/Reuters

Alejandro Valverde of Caisse D'Epargne won the final stage of the Tour de Romandie and took the race by a little more than 11 seconds.

The Spaniard comfortably overhauled the Team Columbia rider Michael Rogers' overall lead. The Australian finished more than 30 seconds back in today's 121.8km stage, which started and finished in Sion.

That left Rogers fourth in the final standings. Valverde was followed home by the Slovenian Simon Spilak, with Russia's Denis Menchov third for Rabobank.Igor Anton finished the stage second, after Valverde hauled in his late break.

Valverde said: "It was a very difficult race with the weather conditions but this year I adapted best to the cold and the rain.

"The bonuses were very important but I didn't want to risk everything on the sprints, and that is why I attacked on the final climb."


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