|Born||April 25, 1980 in Murcia, Spain|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Weight||61 kg (134 lbs)|
Alejandro Valverde is a Spanish professional road cyclist who was born on April 25, 1980, in Murcia, Spain. He was one of the most successful cyclists of his time, winning multiple prestigious events and competing at the highest level of the sport for many years.
Valverde began his professional cycling career in 2002 with the Kelme-Costa Blanca team. He immediately established himself as a skilled rider, and in 2003, he won his first major event, the Clásica de San Sebastián. For the next few years, he proceeded to win races such as the Vuelta a Murcia, the Vuelta a Burgos, and the Vuelta a Andaluca.
Valverde joined the Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears team in 2006, where he excelled. He won the renowned Liège-Bastogne-Liège race in 2006 and 2008, as well as the Flèche Wallonne in 2006 and 2014. He also competed in the Tour de France, finishing on the podium in 2015.
Valverde’s career has not been without controversy. The Italian Olympic Committee barred him from competing for two years in 2010 for his role in the Operación Puerto doping scandal. Nonetheless, he returned to competition in 2012 and has remained a strong force in the sport.
Valverde’s most notable achievements include winning the UCI Road World Championships in 2018, as well as many victories in the Ardennes Classics, including Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Flèche Wallonne, and La Flèche Brabançonne. He also won the Vuelta a Espaa in 2009 and has finished on the podium in several other Grand Tours.
Alejandro Valverde’s Most Outstanding Achievements:
|2006, 2014||Flèche Wallonne|
|2009||Vuelta a España|
|2015||Tour de France – 3rd place|
|2017||La Flèche Wallonne|
|2018||UCI Road World Championships|
|2019||La Flèche Wallonne|
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