Valverde heads for Ardennes Classics one last time

Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar)
Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar) celebrates win at 2021 GP Miguel Indurain (Image credit: Getty Images)

Four years after his last two victories in the Ardennes, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) returns to the trio of one-day, hilly Classics with strong morale and some solid performances to back up his team’s belief that he can once again have an impact in races like Amstel Gold, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

Valverde’s finely-calculated recent win in the GP Miguel Indurain, his first victory since a stage of the Vuelta back in 2019 and the first of Movistar’s men’s team in 2021, as well as two very aggressive races in the Volta and Itzulia Basque Country, all point to a potential revival of the Spaniard further north in the Classics next week.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.