Valverde back in action at Amstel Gold Race

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar Team ) will return to racing, following a brief break after his Tour of Flanders debut, at this weekend’s Amstel Gold Race . Valverde will lead the Movistar team’s ambitions at the one-day race on Sunday. Having tested out the cobbles a few times in recent years, primarily as preparation for the Tour de France, Valverde made his Tour of Flanders debut at the start of April and finished eighth. The world champion took a short break from racing after De Ronde as he prepared for the main goal of his spring, the Ardennes Classics. Since his first Ardennes campaign in 2005, Valverde has won Liege-Bastogne-Liege four times and Fleche Wallonne on five occasions. The Amstel Gold Race is one that has eluded him so far in his career, however. Valverde has finished on the podium three times in 10 appearances, once taking third and two ...

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