Valverde switches gears and heads to Belgium ahead of Tour of Flanders debut

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

Alejandro Valverde ( Movistar ) has flown into Belgium after the Volta a Catalunya, ready to change gears and get into Classics mode ahead of his Tour of Flanders debut on Sunday. The world champion, while a prolific winner in the Ardennes Classics, has precious little experience of the cobbled races of northern Belgium but displayed his potential 12 months ago with a quality ride at Dwars door Vlaanderen. Excitement over a possible last-minute entry to Flanders went unfulfilled but, one year on, it's finally happening. The 38-year-old arrived on Tuesday and will race Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday ahead of the big Flanders debut on Sunday. "It's a race he has always wanted to do, one he has a lot of respect for," Movistar director José Vicente García Acosta told Cyclingnews . "He raced Dwars door Vlaanderen last year and did very well and was happy with it. But ...

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