By Antonio J. Salmerón
Alejandro Valverde is ready to lead Caisse d'Epargne in Amstel, Flecha and Lieja. Accompanied by countrymen José Joaquín Rojas, Luis León Sánchez, Joaquim Rodríguez (who gained the Gran Premio de Primavera in Amorebieta, Basque Country) and veteran Vicente 'Chente' García Acosta.
Valverde says Óscar Freire (Rabobank) as his main rival for gaining in the Amstel Gold Race. "Last year, I had bad luck at this races, but now it will be different," the twenty-six year old rider said.
But José Joaquín Rojas will be another valuable alternative for Caisse d'Epargne. Rojas finished 9th in the Gent Wevelgem and played a strong role in París-Roubaix. "I feel very well and very motivated. I know that I am capable of reaching the podium in any of these great classic races." Rojas said to Cyclingnews.com.