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Cycling: No easy Tour stages, insists Valverde

Published on Jul 8, 2014 6:10 PM
 
Tour de France contender Alejandro Valverde said there were no easy stages on the world's greatest bicycle race as it headed back to its true homeland on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LE TOUQUET, France (AFP) - Tour de France contender Alejandro Valverde said there were no easy stages on the world's greatest bicycle race as it headed back to its true homeland on Tuesday.

Following three exciting stages in England, capped by unbridled enthusiasm from millions of fans lining the roads, the Tour will grace French soil in the fourth stage from Le Touquet to Lille.

The 163.5km run has a few bumps with two fourth category climbs but is expected to end in a bunch sprint. If the English stages have taught the peloton one thing, it's that no stages on the Grand Boucle are ever easy.

"On a day when it seems like there won't be many problems, things become complicated when it starts to rain at the end of the stage," said Valverde, this year's Amstel Gold Race winner.

 
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