Alejandro Valverde

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Alejandro Valverde in 2005

Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (born April 25, 1980) is a Spanish road racing cyclist. He rides for the Caisse d'Epargne team. Valverde won the Liège-Bastogne-Liège race in 2006 and 2008. He was second in the 2006 Vuelta a España and sixth in the 2007 Tour de France. He won the 2008 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré, an important race before the 2008 Tour de France. This means that many people think he will do well in the Tour.

Valverde is a strong climber, sprinter and time trialist.

Achievements[change | change source]

Alejandro Valverde
Medal record
Representing  Spain
Road bicycle racing
UCI Road World Championships
Silver 2005 Madrid Elite Men's Road Race
Silver 2003 Hamilton Elite Men's Road Race
Bronze 2006 Salzburg Elite Men's Road Race
2001
 Spain U23 Road Race Champion
2003
2nd overall, World Cycling Championship Road Race
3rd overall, Vuelta a España
1st, Stages 9 and 15
1st, Combined Classification
2nd, Points Classification
1st, GP Primavera
1st, GP Villafranca de Ordizia
2 stage wins, Troféu Joaquim Agostinho
Stage win, Vuelta al País Vasco
Stage win, Vuelta a Aragón
2004
4th overall and 1 stage win, Vuelta a España
1st overall and 3 stage wins, Vuelta a Burgos
1st overall and 2 stage wins, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st overall, Vuelta a Murcia
1st, Trofeo Cala Millor - Cala Ratjada
3 stage wins Vuelta a Castilla y León
Stage win, Vuelta al País Vasco
1st, GP Primavera
2005
1st, Stage 10, Tour de France
1st, Stage 8, Paris-Nice
1st, Trofeo Manacor
1st, Trofeo Soller
1st, Stages 3 and 4, Vuelta al País Vasco
2nd overall, World Cycling Championships Road Race
2006
Champion, UCI ProTour
2nd Overall, Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 7
3rd overall, World Cycling Championships Road Race
1st, La Flèche Wallonne
1st, Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st, Stage, Vuelta a Murcia
2nd, Overall, Vuelta al País Vasco
1st, Points Classification
1st, Stage 1
3rd, Overall, Tour de Romandie
1st, Stage 4
7th, Overall, Dauphiné Libéré
2007
2nd, Liège-Bastogne-Liège
2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
7th, Amstel Gold Race
5th Overall, Vuelta al País Vasco
3rd, Vuelta al País Vasco, Stage 4
1st, Overall, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Overall, Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 4
3rd Overall,Critérium International
1st, Points classification
1st Stage 4, Vuelta a Burgos
6th Overall, Tour de France
2nd, Stage 9
2008
1st Overall, Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 4
2nd, Klasika Primavera
1st, Paris-Camembert
3rd, Amstel Gold Race
1st, Liège-Bastogne-Liège
1st Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st, Points Classification
1st, Stage 1, Stage 4 (ITT)
2009
1st, Overall, Volta a Catalunya
1st, Stage 3
1st overall, Vuelta a Burgos
Jersey gold.svg 1st Overall, Vuelta a España
Jersey white.svg Winner combination classification
1st, Klasika Primavera
1st Overall, Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
2nd Overall, Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid
4th Overall, Tour de Romandie
7th, La Flèche Wallonne
9th Overall, Vuelta a Castilla y León
1st, Points classification
1st, Mountains Classification
1st, Combination Classification
1st, Stages 3 & 5
2010

All results were voided from 31 May, because of the suspension backdated to 1 January.

2012
Jersey red.svg 1st Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Stage 2
Jersey blue.svg 1st Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stage 17 Tour de France
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 3 & 8
Jersey green.svg Winner points classification
Jersey white.svg Winner combination classification
2nd Overall Tour Down Under
1st Stage 5
3rd World Cycling Championship Road Race
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3
2013
Jersey red.svg 1st Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
Jersey blue.svg 1st Points classification
1st Prologue & Stage 3
1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana
2nd Giro di Lombardia
2nd Amstel Gold Race
2nd Clásica de San Sebastián
3rd Bronze medal blank.svg World Road Race Championships
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
Jersey green.svg Winner points classification
3rd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Vuelta a Murcia
4th GP Miguel Indurain
6th Milano–Torino
7th Overall Critérium du Dauphiné
7th La Flèche Wallonne
8th Overall Tour de France
9th Overall Tour de Romandie


Grand Tour general classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour WD WD 6 9 20 8
red jersey Vuelta WD 3 4 2 5 1 2 3

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Classics results[change | change source]

This table shows Valverde's classics results.

Year Milan – San Remo Amstel Gold Race La Flèche Wallonne Liège–Bastogne–Liège Clásica de San Sebastián UCI Road World Championships Giro di Lombardia Paris-Tours
2003 54th 2nd 39th
2004 61st 6th
2005 33rd 13th 40th 34th 8th 2nd 12th 20th
2006 24th 23rd 1st 1st 8th 3rd DNF
2007 7th 2nd 2nd 3rd 57th 59th
2008 3rd 21st 1st 1st 37th
2009 21st 7th 19th 17th 9th
2012 22nd 46th DNQ 26th 3rd
2013 2nd 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd


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