Alejandro Valverde will lead the Caisse d'Epargne team for the 17th Challenge of Mallorca which begins on Sunday. Valverde is satisfied with his early season form, but sees himself working for the team's on-form sprinter, José Joaquín Rojas, who took third in the Tour Down Under . "I feel really motivated to start the season and I am hungry for competing again," Valverde said, "and I hope that thanks to José Joaquín Rojas capacity as a sprinter, we will have the possibility to win something here."
The Spaniard will race alongside David Arroyo, Arnaud Coyot, José Vicente Garcia, Joan Horrach, Vladimir Karpets, Pablo Lastras, David López García, Alberto Losada, Luis Pasamontes, Fabien Patanchon, Oscar Pereiro, Francisco Pérez, Joaquím Rodríguez, José Joaquín Rojas and Xabier Zandio.
Quick Step: Carlos Barredo, Matteo Carrara, Stijn Devolder, Addy Engels, Mauro Facci, Juan Manuel Gárate, Alessandro Proni, Leonardo Scarselli, Hubert Schwab, Gert Steegmans, Kevin Van Impe, Davide Viganò, Maarten Wynants, Wouter Weylandt.