Valverde training hard during doping ban

Alejandro Valverde says that he is determined to regain the world number one position that he held when he started his ban in May last year for involvement in the Operacion Puerto affair. Although the 30-year-old Spaniard is banned from competition until 1 January 2012, he has also revealed that he is still training hard to such an extent that he is going close to his personal best marks on climbs near his home in Murcia.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).