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Caisse d'Epargne, Quick Step name Mallorca teams

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.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.