Valverde: We have to race the Vuelta a España like a series of Classics

IRUN SPAIN OCTOBER 19 Enric Mas Nicolau of Spain and Movistar Team Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team Marc Soler Gimenez of Spain and Movistar Team Screenshot during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Press Conferences Top Riders Video Press Conferences Los Gallos lavuelta LaVuelta20 on October 19 2020 in Irun Spain Photo by Movistar Team PoolGetty Images
Enric Mas, Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler in the Movistar Team's pre-Vuelta press conference (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The years come, the years go, but as he enters his fifth decade Alejandro Valverde continues to form a seemingly indestructible part of the Vuelta a España. The 40-year-old Movistar veteran warned fans that the rules of the game have changed this autumn.

The coronavirus pandemic - or as Valverde euphemistically put it "the way things are right now" - and its possible consequences for the Vuelta, the change in weather conditions caused by the change in dates, and an exceptionally difficult first week caused by the removal of the Dutch stages have all combined to make the best way to race the Vuelta "as if it were a series of Classics."

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