By Antonio J. Salmerón
The current leader of the ProTour, Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) has revealed that he will carry out his final preparation for the Tour de France in Sierra Nevada, South of Spain, in the company of several teammates. The Spanish rider is reportedly making great progress in the time trial, although he must still improve his abilities in the high mountains.
Therefore, before participating in the ongoing Dauphiné Libéré, Valverde reconnoitred the mythical Alpe d'Huez climb, where the Tour de France peloton will arrive on stage 15. The Spaniard wants to re-edit his memorable victory in Courchevel last year, and also hopes to finish in the top 10 of the final general classification in the Tour de France this year.