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Valverde aims for overall victory at Vuelta a Espana

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August 19, 2013, 21:03,
August 19, 2013, 22:00
First Edition Cycling News, Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Vuelta a España
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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Movistar captain looks to repeat 2009 success

Alejandro Valverde is looking for his second victory at the Vuelta a Espana, after finishing second in the third Grand Tour of the year in 2012. He won the Spanish race in 2009, and can look back to seven individual stage wins, and four special jerseys at his home tour during his career.

In addition, Movistar will work to continue its streak of Grand Tour stage wins. It has won at least one stage in every race since the Giro d'Italia 2011, for a total of 16 stages in three years.

Valverde will be supported by Eros Capecchi, Beñat Intxausti, José Herrada, Javi Moreno, Sylwester Szmyd, Imanol Erviti, Iván Gutiérrez and Pablo Lastras.

Valverde finished eighth overall in this year's Tour de France, and the Movistar team feels he has fully recovered from that race.

“We're looking for him to get a bit fresher for the start of the Vuelta, we already ruled him out of some early-season races, so he could stay strong in both the Tour and the Vuelta - that's why we're confident he'll keep up,” said team general manager Eusebio Unzue. “He will be our only GC leader, and will have a strong and balanced team by his side.”

Unzue played down the dangers of the Vuelta's 13 mountain stages and 11 mountaintop finishes. Although he said “Granada and the Angliru should play a significant role in the race - the other mountain-top finishes might not create such big gaps within the GC contenders,” he said.

“Just like in previous editions, the field of race favourites is big and strong. Nibali might be the most solid rider coming into the start, with his great palmarès in all three Grand Tours recently. Still, I think Alejandro and Purito will be close enough to make things difficult for him. Also, riders like Samuel, Colombians Urán, Henao or Betancur, who we will be putting an eye on, or Kreuziger, who is making a great season so far."

JackSpoke More than 1 year ago
Good luck Alejandro.
kevinzamora More than 1 year ago
Wow, why would anyone thumb down a post like this? Haters can be so childish... I also hope the best of luck for him, specially considering his age and Nairo's rise, this might be his last real chance to win a GT
Peter von More than 1 year ago
I think he will get more chances, if he wins we'll see him i next years Tour, if he only podiums he might choose to skip the Tour of 2014 to focus on la Vuelta. I'm pretty sure he podiums, but i also think that both Nibbles and Purito is stronger than him, but one might be more tired and fade late in the race, and the other might not be 100% going into the race and loose time early on, really exciting to watch.
Mark Schwitau More than 1 year ago
This guy has been so consistent. Probably one of the smartest riders in the peloton.
Dan Vella More than 1 year ago
Don't like the guy because of his unrepentant past, but he definately has one of the best racing brains in the peloton. He was a joy watch at last years Vuelta.
azureskies More than 1 year ago
He would have podumed at letour this year, if not for bad luck, stronger than contador.
Big Doopie More than 1 year ago
Yeah, and he's also an unrepentant doper. Let's all cheer for him! Yeah!
Lance, remember Bassons? More than 1 year ago
Big D, totally agree. It amazes me how people who post on here constantly make baseless accusations about Sky, yet laud it over a former drug cheat, who's never once admitted doing anything wrong and by doing so (in my view) continues to treat the peleton and the sport with complete disrespect.
chechu More than 1 year ago
Maybe thats because he possibly didn't do anything wrong.......