Alejandro Valverde is happy, as on Sunday the Spanish cyclist received the honours of having a street in his town, Monteagudo in Murcia, Spain, named after him. The Caisse d'Epargne leader also has good feelings when he is training. "At the moment, I'm already able to surpass 100 kilometres, although I need to work on the basis," he told El Faro de Murcia in view of the next Vuelta a España. "I will be in the Vuelta for sure, and try to do as well as possible. I don't know who my rivals will be, but it doesn't matter."
Valverde, who crashed out of the Tour de France earlier this month, breaking his collarbone, will back to raci ng at the Clasica San Sebastian on August 12, "and 24 hours later I will be onthe Urkiola climb," he said, eager to perform again. The 2006 Vuelta will start in Málaga on August 26.
The talented Spaniard does not know the Vuelta a España 2006 route in depth, but he is convinced that, "the final stages on the top of La Covatilla, El Morredero y La Cobertoria will be more decisive than the other ones." Valverde is not afraid of the more than 50 kilometres against the clock, "because I am working on this discipline and getting good results." In addition, Valverde assured that, "for the Vuelta, I will be full of morale and enthusiasm and in the best state of form possible."
Courtesy of Antonio J. Salmerón