Alejandro Valverde

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Valverde and the second or maternal family name is Belmonte.
Alejandro Valverde
Alejandro Valverde 2013.jpg
Valverde at the 2013 Tour de France
Personal information
Full name Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Nickname Balaverde (The Green Bullet)
El Bala (The Bullet)
El Imbatido (The Unbeaten)
Born (1980-04-25) 25 April 1980 (age 34)
Las Lumbreras, Spain
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 61 kg (134 lb; 9.6 st)[1]
Team information
Current team Movistar Team
Discipline Road
Role Rider
Rider type All-rounder
Professional team(s)
2002–2004 Kelme-Costa Blanca
2005– Movistar Team
Major wins

Grand Tours

Tour de France
4 individual stages (2005, 2008, 2012)
Vuelta a España
General classification (2009)
Points classification (2012, 2013)
Combination classification (2003, 2009, 2012)
8 individual stages (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2014)

Stage races

Critérium du Dauphiné (2008, 2009)
Volta a Catalunya (2009)
Vuelta a Andalucía (2012, 2013, 2014)
Vuelta a Burgos (2004, 2009)

One-day races and Classics

National Road Race Championships (2008)
National Time Trial Championships (2014)
Liège–Bastogne–Liège (2006, 2008)
La Flèche Wallonne (2006, 2014)
Clásica de San Sebastián (2008, 2014)
Roma Maxima (2014)

Other

UCI Pro Tour (2006, 2008)
Infobox last updated on
24 April 2014

Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (born 25 April 1980) is a Spanish road racing cyclist for UCI ProTour team Movistar Team.[2] Valverde's biggest wins have been the 2009 Vuelta a España, the Liège–Bastogne–Liège in 2006, 2008 and 2006 UCI ProTour series championship. He has twice collected the silver medal in the UCI Road World Championships, in 2003 and 2005. Valverde is rare in combining different specialities in road bicycle racing, being a strong climber, sprinter and time-trialist in his later years. After a lengthy court battle, he was suspended for two years as part of the Operación Puerto blood doping investigation, but he returned to competition in 2012 upon completion of the ban.

Biography[edit]

Born in Las Lumbreras, Murcia, Valverde came from a cycling family, his father Juan was an amateur bicycle racer and bought him a bike when he was six years old.[3] His brother Juan Francisco was also an amateur road racing cyclist. Valverde's first race was in Jumilla, in his region of Murcia, and he finished second. On the following week he won his second race in Yecla.[4] He allegedly took more than fifty consecutive victories between 11 and 13 years old, earning him the nickname El Imbatido (The Unbeaten).[5]

Amateur career[edit]

Due to his many wins, Valverde was offered to ride for the elite amateur team Banesto based in Navarra, some distance away from his home in Murcia. Perhaps due to the exhaustion from having to travel back and forth every weekend, his performance suffered while with the team.[5]

He moved to the development team of the Kelme professional squad and was coached by Francisco Moya, whom he credited with helping him become a better cyclist. Kelme also promised to allow him to move to the professional squad if he showed good performance. At the end of his first season with the Kelme amateur squad, they offered to move him to the professional squad.[5]

Kelme (2002–2004)[edit]

Valverde turned professional in 2002 when he signed a contract with the Spanish team Kelme-Costa Blanca, with whom he stayed until the end of the 2004 season. During his time with Kelme he had a breakthrough year in 2003 Vuelta a España, where he won two stages and finished third in the General classification. That year he also won the Vuelta a Mallorca and a stage in Tour of the Basque Country and other Spanish races like GP Primavera and GP Villafranca de Ordizia. He ended the season with a second place in the 2003 UCI Road World Championships behind Igor Astarloa after winning the sprint ahead of Peter Van Petegem and Paolo Bettini.[6]

In the 2004 season he decided to stay with Kelme despite the team's financial woes and offers from other teams. He went on to win the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Vuelta a Murcia, a stage in the Tour of the Basque Country, the Vuelta a Burgos and taking fourth in the 2004 Vuelta a España. Although he won a stage in the Vuelta, he was injured in a crash that forced him to downscale his ambitions in the overall classification.[7] He also participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Caisse d'Epargne[edit]

Valverde joined the UCI ProTeam Illes Balears-Caisse d'Epargne in 2005.[8] He won the last stage in Paris–Nice and finished second overall behind Bobby Julich. He also took two stages in the Tour of the Basque Country. In his first ever appearance at the Tour de France, he won the 10th stage of the Tour de France ahead of Lance Armstrong, whom he beat in the sprint into Courchevel at the end of a mountain stage in the Alps.[9] After Stage 12, he was in 5th place on GC, 3 minutes and 16 seconds behind Lance Armstrong. He was also leading in the Young Rider Classification (white jersey), with a 3 minute and 9 second lead on Armstrong teammate Yaroslav Popovych.[10] However, Valverde was forced to withdraw from the Tour during the 13th stage because of a knee injury. Valverde recovered barely in time for the UCI World Cycling Championship in Madrid, Spain. The injury of Óscar Freire, who was the Spanish team captain, forced him to become the team leader, despite having had only one day of competition before the World's. Amazingly, he was able to be competitive and finished second to winner Tom Boonen.[11]

2006[edit]

Valverde (right) at the 2005 Clásica a los Puertos; he is behind Francisco Mancebo and Oscar García Casarrubios.

In 2006, Valverde won a stage in the Tour of the Basque Country, finishing 2nd overall and capturing the points competition. He then completed a prestigious double in the Spring classics, winning La Flèche Wallonne and taking victory four days later at Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Valverde subsequently won a stage in the Tour de Romandie finishing 3rd overall. Valverde planned to challenge at the 2006 Tour de France, and has stated that he hopes to win in the future. He went to the Pinarello bicycle factory in Treviso, Italy, to optimize his time-trialing performance. In fact he started among the favourites for the Tour after the withdrawal of Jan Ullrich and Ivan Basso due to a doping investigation. However, on the third stage of the 2006 Tour de France, Valverde crashed, and had to abandon the Tour with a fractured right collarbone. His ambition to win a Grand Tour shifted to the Vuelta, later that year.

Valverde entered the 2006 Vuelta as the top favorite. Since he did not ride a full Tour de France he was in better condition than some of the other candidates for the victory: Menchov (title defender) and Sastre both ended in the top 10 of the 2006 Tour de France and were expected to be somewhat fatigued. Valverde won the 7th stage and dominated mountain stages, earning him the gold leader jersey after stage 9. Valverde lost the jersey however due to the aggressive climbing and attacking of Alexander Vinokourov. In the last time trial, Valverde again lost time on Vinokourov and had to settle for the 2nd place in the overall standings, his second podium finish in a Grand Tour. Following his impressive performance in the Vuelta Valverde won yet another major title, winning the 2006 UCI ProTour with several major races still left on the calendar as his point lead had reached unassailable levels. At the 2006 World Championship, Valverde was considered one of the favorites for the title. Although he did not win, he was able to finish 3rd and claim a bronze medal.

2007[edit]

He started 2007 by winning the overall classification at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and Vuelta a Murcia. In stage 4 of the Vuelta a Murcia, Valverde accomplished his first win in an individual time trial.[12] He also finished third in the Critérium International and fifth in Tour of the Basque Country. In the Ardennes classics he took second place in both La Flèche Wallonne and Liège–Bastogne–Liège, unable to repeat the double victory of 2006 season. In the 2007 Tour de France, Valverde was seen as one of the favorites for the yellow jersey until he had a disastrous individual time trial that diminished his chances of fighting for the overall classification. He subsequently finished sixth overall, eleven minutes behind, and thus finished his first Tour de France after being unable to complete the race in 2005 and 2006. He decided not to race the Vuelta a España in order to prepare for the 2007 UCI Road World Championships.[13] On 29 August 2007, the UCI announced that they prevented Valverde from riding the 2007 UCI Road World Championships in Stuttgart because of his possible implication in the Operación Puerto doping investigation to safeguard the atmosphere and reputation of the World Championships.[14] The UCI also called upon the Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) to open disciplinary proceedings against the rider, but RFEC refused to comply with the UCI's request, saying there was no new evidence against him. RFEC also included Valverde in its squad for the World Championships, where he ended up 2nd.[15] The matter was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which authorised Valverde to participate in the 2007 UCI Road World Championships.[16]

2008[edit]

Valverde at the 2008 Vuelta a España, wearing the blue jersey of points classification leader.

In 2008, Valverde showed strong form in the spring. After winning the Vuelta a Murcia, Valverde was focused on training. He announced his readiness with a podium finish in the Klasika Primavera and a triumph at the Paris–Camembert. These successes foreshadowed excellent results in the Ardennes classics: a podium at the Amstel Gold and victory in the Liège–Bastogne–Liège. Valverde also won the 2008 Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré and the Spanish National Road Race Championship in June. On 5 July, Valverde won the first stage of the 2008 Tour de France. His form faltered in the Pyrenees, and after being dropped on the Col de Tourmalet, eventually losing 5'52" to stage winner Leonardo Piepoli, scrapping hopes of a podium finish. He performed better in the Alps and claimed a top ten finish. On Alp d'Huez it appeared that he was working alongside Team CSC to try to eliminate Cadel Evans. He followed the Tour with a strong victory in 2008 Clásica de San Sebastián, leading out the sprint and holding off Aleksandr Kolobnev and Davide Rebellin. Later, at the 2008 Vuelta a España, he started strong, winning the second stage and wearing the general classification leader on the 3rd one. He was the first week on head positions. However he lost around two minutes on a very wet stage to Saunces and lost any option to podium. However, he ended up in 4th position with some fantastic performances including his incredible ride up the Angliru, where he was only bettered by Alberto Contador and then a good performance in the mountain time-trial. Before the participation at the 2008 UCI Road World Championships at Varese, he was mathematically proclammed the 2008 UCI ProTour winner, being his second win in the 4 editions of the competition.

2009[edit]

Valverde started 2009 in good form by taking the points and mountain classification in the Vuelta a Castilla y León while finishing 9th overall with two stage victories. He could not repeat his successes of the last few years in the spring classics with his best result being a 7th at La Flèche Wallonne. He won the Klasika Primavera and the Volta a Catalunya to put those disappointments behind him. With the threat of not racing the Tour de France hanging over his head he entered the Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré hoping to prove his worth. He performed consistently throughout the two early time-trials to stay in touch with the leaders before finishing second on the Ventoux to take the lead in the overall classification. Though Cadel Evans repeatedly attacked him in the final days he stayed on his wheel, with the help of compatriot Alberto Contador, to take the yellow jersey. On the back of these successes he appealed his ban by the Italian authorities with the Court of Arbitration for Sport in the hope of racing the tour. On 20 September 2009, Valverde clinched the overall victory in the 2009 Vuelta a España.[17] Despite having no stage victories, Valverde's consistency in the mountains allowed him to keep his race all the way to end that he captured on stage 9.

2010[edit]

All his 2010 results were annulled because of the suspension.

2012[edit]

Valverde at the 2012 Tour de France; he won the seventeenth stage of the race.

Valverde made his return to the peloton during the 2012 Tour Down Under, the first race of the UCI World Tour season.[18] He won the race's fifth stage – the queen stage of the event – by out-sprinting GreenEDGE's Simon Gerrans in a two-man sprint in Willunga,[19] and finished second overall.[20] He earned his first overall victory since his return, by winning February's Vuelta a Andalucia,[21] as well as achieving a stage victory during the race. Valverde also finished third in Paris-Nice, and by winning stage 3 showed good form for the upcoming Tour de France. In the Tour de France he sat casually in the peloton until initiating a breakaway in stage 17, which he held onto after breaking away from the other 16 riders in the breakaway. Team Sky almost chased him down, ending only 19 seconds adrift. Hence Valverde won a 4th Tour de France stage of his career.

Valverde entered the Vuelta a España as a lieutenant to the defending champion Juan José Cobo in the Movistar team.[22] However, Valverde would soon become the leader when it became apparent that Cobo was not in top form.[23] His team Movistar started off with a victory in the first stage, a team time trial, of the Vuelta.[24] Valverde would take the lead of the general classification, points classification, and combination classification after winning Stage 3, in which he chased down repeated attacks from Alberto Contador and outsprinted Joaquim Rodríguez at the finishing line.[25] He would subsequently lose the lead to Rodriguez, but won the eighth stage atop the Collada de la Gallina in Andorra. Alberto Contador broke away from the small lead group and looked like he was heading for the win, but Rodriguez and Valverde passed him with less than 100 m (330 ft) to go, with Valverde taking the win.[26] Valverde ultimately finished the Vuelta in second position overall after being a constant threat for the leader, which was Rodriguez until stage 17 where Contador soloed to victory and grabbed the lead,[27] which he would not relinquish. Valverde also snatched both the Points classification and the Combination classification jerseys from Rodriguez as a result of a sixth place finish on the very last stage in Madrid.[28]

Valverde had to settle for a bronze medal in the World Championships in Valkenburg, as he was unable to reach Philippe Gilbert who attacked on the final climb of the Cauberg. He was the first of a group of 27 riders who had a five seconds deficit on the Belgian when crossing the line.[29] He was supposed to participate in the Giro di Lombardia, but announced on the morning of the race that he was suffering from influenza and was putting an end to his 2012 season.[30]

2013[edit]

As in 2012, Valverde won the overall classification of the Vuelta a Andalucia in 2013, where he also won the points classification in the race.[31] Valverde continued showing some good form after finishing with podium places in the Vuelta a Murcia, the Amstel Gold Race and in the Liege-Bastogne-Liege. After having a decent spring campaign, Valverde aimed for a podium finish in the Tour de France.[32] Valverde started the Tour in good form after finishing third in Ax3 Domaines behind Chris Froome and Richie Porte. However the next day, Porte lost over 15 minutes which moved Valverde into second overall right before the tour left the Pyrenees. On Stage 13, Valverde lost almost 10 minutes after getting a flat tire. Despite a very hard pursuit, the high crosswinds and the pace of the peloton prevented him and his teammates from catching back. They ended up with the second group at the finish causing him to slip out of the top ten.[33] Despite losing his second position, Valverde managed to do well in the Alps which moved him back into the top ten of the overall standings, finishing 8th overall.[34]

At the Vuelta a Espana, after stage 10, Valverde sat fourth overall a minute behind race leader Chris Horner. However on stage 11, he moved back up into 3rd after finishing 8th in the time trial. On stage 14, on a rainy descent, Valverde was dropped by the G.C. contenders entering the final climb a minute back. He managed to limit his losses on the final climb staying within a minute of his rivals, though losing close to a minute on Nibali, Horner, and Rodriguez. On stage 16, he managed to cut back a handful of seconds on Nibali and Horner. He entered the penultimate stage 20 a minute behind the race leader. He came third of the stage which finished atop the steep Angliru, securing a podium finish in the general classification, one minute and 36 seconds behind race winner Chris Horner.[35] At the World's Championships, he took the third place, but was criticized for failing to cover the late attack of Portuguese Rui Costa.[36] Costa eventually reached and out sprinted Joaquim Rodriguez, Valverde's fellow Spaniard and teammate.

2014[edit]

In the 2014 Tour de France Valverde ended in fourth place in the general classification. On 2 August 2014 Valverde won the Clásica de San Sebastián for the second time in his career. He won the first uphill finish of the Vuelta a Espana by powering away from the leaders after leading the group for most of the final climb.[37] He finished the Spanish Grand Tour on the third step of the podium behind Chris Froome and the overall winner Alberto Contador.[38]

Allegations of drug use[edit]

Alejandro Valverde has been linked by documentary and DNA evidence to the Operación Puerto, a blood-doping affair which erupted in May 2006 against doctor Eufemiano Fuentes and a number of accomplices. It uncovered doping products, bags of blood and human plasma, and code names that appeared to link top athletes, including up to 60 cyclists, to a highly organized system of doping, which relied heavily on blood transfusions.[39]

Valverde was not initially linked in the investigation, but documents from Madrid's Court 31 linked Valverde to a single bag of human plasma labelled with the codes Valv, Piti and 18 out of the 211 total bags of blood and plasma seized in the investigation.[40] [41] In 2007 Valverde was banned by the International Cycling Union (UCI) from competing in the UCI Road World Championships in Stuttgart but Valverde was cleared by the Court of Arbitration for Sport to compete at the championships.[42] Dick Pound, World Anti-Doping Agency president, said the CAS decision did not mean that Valverde was no longer a suspect.[43]

In early 2009 the Italian National Olympic Committee matched DNA samples taken from Valverde during a rest day in Italy of the 2008 Tour de France to plasma seized in the Operación Puerto investigation.[44] At a February 2009 appearance in front of the Olympic Committee, Valverde maintained his innocence and questioned the Italians' jurisdiction over this case. In May 2009, the Italian Olympic Committee suspended him from competition in Italy for 2 years, effectively barring him from the 2009 Tour de France, which detoured briefly onto Italian soil.[45] Valverde filed an unsuccessful appeal against the Italian ban with the Court of Arbitration for Sport; in a second hearing on 18–21 March 2010, the UCI and WADA contested the Spanish Cycling Federation's decision not to open a case against Valverde.[46]

Finally, on 31 May 2010 it was announced the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld the appeals from WADA and the UCI and Valverde was banned for two years, starting 1 January 2010, but rejected the request that any results obtained by the athlete prior to the beginning of the suspension be annulled.[47][48] After serving the two-year suspension Alejandro Valverde returned to competition in 2012 riding for the Movistar Team.

Palmarès[edit]

2003
2nd, World Cycling Championship Road Race
3rd overall, Vuelta a España
1st, Stages 9 and 15
1st Jersey white.svg Combination classification
1st, GP Primavera
1st, GP Villafranca de Ordizia
2 stage wins, Troféu Joaquim Agostinho
Stage win, Tour of the Basque Country
Stage win, Vuelta a Aragón
2004
3rd 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, Tour of the Basque Country
1st, GP Primavera
2nd National Road Race Championships
2005
1st, Stage 10, Tour de France
1st, Stage 8, Paris–Nice
1st, Trofeo Manacor
1st, Trofeo Soller
1st, Stages 3 and 4, Tour of the Basque Country
2nd overall, World Cycling Championships Road Race
2006
Champion, UCI ProTour
1st, La Flèche Wallonne
1st, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
1st, Stage 2, Vuelta a Murcia
2nd Overall, Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 7
2nd, Overall, Tour of the Basque Country
1st, Points classification
1st, Stage 1
3rd, Overall, Tour de Romandie
1st, Stage 4
3rd, World Cycling Championships Road Race
2007
1st, Overall, Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
1st Overall, Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 4
1st Stage 4, Vuelta a Burgos
2nd, Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2nd, La Flèche Wallonne
2nd National Road Race Championships
3rd Overall, Critérium International
1st, Points classification
6th Overall, Tour de France
2008
Champion, UCI ProTour
1st Overall Vuelta a Murcia
1st Stage 4
1stLiège–Bastogne–Liège
1st Jersey yellow.svg Overall Critérium du Dauphiné Libéré
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st, Stages 1 & 3 (ITT)
1st, MaillotEspaña.PNG National Road Race Championships
1st, Paris–Camembert
1st, Clásica de San Sebastián
2nd, Klasika Primavera
3rd, Amstel Gold Race
5th Overall, Vuelta a España
1st, Stage 2
9th Overall, Tour de France
1st, Stages 1 & 6
2009
1st Overall Volta a Catalunya
1st, Stage 3
1st Overall, Vuelta a Burgos
1st Jersey gold.svg Overall Vuelta a España
1st Jersey white.svg 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.[47]

2012
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Vuelta a Andalucía[21]
1st Stage 2
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Stage 17 Tour de France
2nd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1 (TTT), 3 & 8
1st Jersey green.svg Points classification
1st Jersey white.svg Combination classification
2nd Overall Tour Down Under[20]
1st Stage 5[19]
3rd World Cycling Championship Road Race
3rd Overall Paris–Nice
1st Stage 3
2013
1stJersey red.svg Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Jersey blue.svg 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
1st Jersey green.svg 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
2014
1st MaillotEspaña.PNG National Time Trial Championships
1st Jersey red.svg Overall Vuelta a Andalucía
1st Jersey blue.svg Points classification
1st Combination classification
1st Prologue, Stages 1 & 2
1st Vuelta a Murcia
1st Roma Maxima
1st GP Miguel Indurain
1st La Flèche Wallonne
1st Clásica de San Sebastián
2nd Liège–Bastogne–Liège
3rd Strade Bianche
3rd Overall Vuelta a España
1st Stages 1 (TTT) & 6
Held Jersey red.svg after Stages 2, 6–8
Held Jersey blue dotted.png after Stage 15
Held Jersey white.svg after Stages 6–17
4th Amstel Gold Race
4th Overall Tour de France
5th Overall Tour of the Basque Country

Grand Tour general classification results timeline:

Grand Tour 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Pink jersey Giro
Yellow jersey Tour WD WD 5 9 20 8 4
red jersey Vuelta WD 3 4 2 5 1 2 3 3

WD = Withdrew; In Progress = IP

Classics results[edit]

This table shows Valverde's classics results.

Year Strade Bianche 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 13th 2nd 7th 3rd 2nd 3rd 2nd
2014 3rd 4th 1st 2nd 1st

See also[edit]

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joaquim Rodríguez
Spanish Road Race Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Rubén Plaza
Preceded by
Danilo Di Luca
La Flèche Wallonne
2006
Succeeded by
Davide Rebellin
Preceded by
Alexander Vinokourov
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2006
Succeeded by
Danilo Di Luca
Preceded by
Danilo Di Luca
Liège–Bastogne–Liège
2008
Succeeded by
Andy Schleck