Valverde the man to beat at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana – Preview

Alejandro Valverde on the podium as the winner of the 2018 Volta a la Communitat Valenciana (Image credit: Getty Images)

The same as it ever was. Although Alejandro Valverde's 40th birthday beckons this April, if there's an early-season middle-ranking stage race in Spain and Movistar are taking part, then Alejandro el Bala is the man to beat. So, the 2020 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana is going to be no different.

Over the past 20 years, Valverde and Valencia have grown to share much more than their first three letters. Back in 2004, after a scant first two years as a pro, Valverde won the overall title, then he did so again in 2007 and – after his ban and after Valencia’s own suspension and revival – in 2018, making him the all-time record holder of victories in the five-day race.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

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.

Latest on Cyclingnews