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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Euskadi at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Euskadi at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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UAE Team Emirates at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

UAE Team Emirates at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Jumbo-Visma at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Jumbo-Visma at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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UAE Team Emirates at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

UAE Team Emirates at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Astana at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Astana at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Mitchelton-Scott at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Mitchelton-Scott at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Euskadi at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Euskadi at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Bahrain-Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Bahrain-Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Geraint Thomas at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Geraint Thomas at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Dimension Data at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Dimension Data at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Mitchelton-Scott's Matteo Trentin at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Katusha-Alpecin at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Katusha-Alpecin at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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American team Rally UHC Cycling Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

American team Rally UHC Cycling Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Team Sky on stage at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Team Sky on stage at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Rally UHC Cycling at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Rally UHC Cycling at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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W52 FC Porto at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

W52 FC Porto at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Bugros BH back in action at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Bugros BH back in action at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Caja-Rural at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Caja-Rural at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Katusha Alpecin at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Katusha Alpecin at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Astana at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Astana at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Direct Energie at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Direct Energie at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Dan Martin UAE Team Emirates at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Dan Martin UAE Team Emirates at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Movistar with world champion Alejandro Valverde at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Movistar with world champion Alejandro Valverde at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Matteo Trentin, European Champion, at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Matteo Trentin, European Champion, at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Ben King waves at the crowd at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Ben King waves at the crowd at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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CCC Team at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

CCC Team at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Kometa at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Kometa at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Bahrain Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Bahrain Merida at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation

Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 - Team Presentation
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World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) stood on stage waving to the crowds at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana team presentation on Tuesday. Organisers of the race, set to take place from February 6-10, welcomed both international and local teams, including Burgos-BH, who are back in action after a team suspension.

Valverde will line up as the defending champion, having won last year's edition ahead of Astana teammates Luis Leon Sanchez and Jakob Fuglsang. Valverde has already started his season at the Challenge Mallorca, where he finished fourth at Trofeo Ses Salines-Felanitx, 10th at Trofeo Andratx-Lloseta and third at Trofeo de Tramuntana: Soller-Deia.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana will mark the first race of the season for Thomas, who has spent time training in California. He last raced at the 2018 Tour of Britain. The organisers also welcomed on stage Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Adam Yates, Esteban Chaves and European champion Matteo Trentin (all from Mitchelton-Scott), and 2018 runner-up Sanchez with his Astana team. Bahrain-Merida will field Dylan Teuns and Matej Mohoric, while UAE Team Emirates fields Dan Martin and Alexander Kristoff.