Alejandro Valverde

>>>Alejandro Valverde results and rider profileNationality: Spanish
Date of birth: April 25, 1980
Height: 176cm
Weight: 62kg
Team: Movistar
Twitter: @alejanvalverde

Alejandro Valverde’s palmares is one of the most impressive in modern cycling, yet his involvement in Operacion Puerto has sullied his reputation and left a huge question mark over the whole of his career. The Spaniard avoided sanctions for years until the Spanish authorities were strong-handed in to action.

Much of Valverde’s suspension was backdated, with all his 2010 results negated. He came back to almost the rider he was beforehand. Almost, but not quite. He has steadily improved ever since his return and but his days as a Grand Tour contender now seem to be over. His challenge for the GC at the 2014 Tour de France looks set to be his last.

Movistar showed their faith in Valverde for 2014 (or perhaps the pressure of the sponsor) when they sent Nairo Quintana, the Colombian who finished second in 2013, to the Giro d’Italia, where he was ultimately successful.

Now it looks as though Valverde will be riding in support of his colleague at both the Tour and the Vuelta a España in 2015.

Alejandro Valverde wins 2015 Fleche Wallonne. Photo: Yuzuru Sunada

Alejandro Valverde wins the 2015 Fleche Wallonne

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) made it back-to-back victories at Fleche Wallone after a powering away from his rivals in the last 100m of the finish on the Mur de Huy. While…