Valverde recovers to lead Movistar at Strade Bianche

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Movistar have confirmed that Alejandro Valverde will lead the Spanish WorldTour team at this weekend’s Strade Bianche despite falling ill as he returned home from the Abu Dhabi Tour . Carlos Betancur is also set to make his season debut after pulling out of the Colombia Oro y Paz event in January while he continued to recover from injuries he picked up at the end of last year. “Ready to travel to Tuscany for a new edition of Strade Bianche,” Valverde wrote on Twitter. “A really tough but beautiful race, where it seems that it will be pretty cold.” Joining Valverde and Betancur in the seven-man Movistar line-up are Daniele Bennati, Andrey Amador, José Joaquín Rojas, Nelson Oliveira and Nuno Bico. Valverde won the final stage and claimed overall victory at last week’s Abu Dhabi Tour – his second stage race win of 2018 following his victory at the Volta ...

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