theVuelta has changed face and color. At the end of a first phase that completely deserves the adjective "mountainous", the general classification does not resemble the rankings that ruled in Almaden until Saturday. The only stable and sustainable element under this September sun that illuminates the majestic Iberian landscape is Alejandro Valverde. Already after two stages after the peloton was defeated in the streets of Malaga nine days ago, the Murcian remains in the upper reaches of the hierarchy and hits the jersey rojo & # 39; with the fingertips. This Sunday, at the top of the Covatilla (1,935 m), he missed just a second before the stainless steel perforator Monteagudo (38 years please!). Turn to a tunic leader who refuses him since 2014. A little disappointed, the leader of the Movistar prefers to see the glass sherry half full. "