Giro d'Italia: Valverde and Sosa headline Movistar challenge

SIENA, ITALY - MARCH 05: Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team reacts crossing the finish line on second place during the Eroica - 16th Strade Bianche 2022 - Men's Elite a 184km one day race from Siena to Siena - Piazza del Campo 321m / #StradeBianche / #WorldTour / on March 05, 2022 in Siena, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Alejandro Valverde is in his final season (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Alejandro Valverde and Ivan Sosa will lead Movistar at the upcoming Giro d'Italia, the veteran Spaniard combining with the in-form Colombian. 

Valverde, 42, is in the final season of his racing career and is set to make only his second appearance at the Giro, his only previous visit being in 2016 when he placed third overall.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.