Valverde set to hunt stage victories at the Vuelta a Espana

Alejandro Valverde had a special helmet and sunglasses for his debut at the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde will take to the Vuelta a España start in Salinas de Torrevieja as a nominal co-leader of Movistar, but rather than mount an overall challenge, the 2009 winner will target stage victories at the year's final Grand Tour. With reigning champion Simon Yates absent from the start list, Valverde's status as world champion means he'll wear the number one on his back. There's no pressure for him to fight for the top places in the general classification, however, even if he might end up there or thereabouts. "The Vuelta is the race he likes the most, and if he gets results, great," Movistar directeur sportif José Luis Arrieta told Marca . "For Alejandro, what we would like is that he has a good time on the bike, especially this year with the [rainbow] jersey." Perhaps more than any other team, Movistar have become known for bringing multiple leaders ...

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