Alejandro Valverde Belmonte was born on April 25, in Murcia, in the locality of Las Lumbreras de Monteagudo.
He is the son of Juan and Maria and is the youngest of three brothers (Juan Francisco, José Antonio and Alejandro). ). He is the father of three sons, Iván, Alejandro and Pablo.
He is the son of Juan and Maria and is the youngest of three brothers (Juan Francisco, José Antonio and Alejandro). He is married with Natalia Mateo and the father of three sons, Iván, Alejandro and Pablo.
When he was only 9 years old, Alejandro started racing himself in the youngest category. He then made part of the club of Puente Tocinos. He finished at the second place in the first race he took part in, in Jumilla, and won his second one, in Yecla. From that day on he never stopped winning races so that everybody called him “El Imbatido”, « the Unbeatable». Nowadays his main nickname is “Balaverde”, the “Green Bullet”.
Before he turned a professional, Alejandro already won many victories , as well on the road as on the track, among which the following ones must me highlighted : sprint, individual and team pursuit Spanish Championships, road Spanish Championship, winner of the annual classification of the Spanish Cycling Federation and winner on the Under 23 Spanish Cup. And we don’t of course forget the bronze medal he won on the occasion of the Mediterranean Games which took place in Tunis in 2001.
After racing for a while with the amateur team of Banesto in Navarra, Alejandro came back home and made part of the amateur team Kelme, where coach Francisco Moya helped him a lot to make progress. In the previous categories, Manuel López was Alejandro’s coach and certainly one of the most important people in his career.
He turned a professional in 2002 with the team Kelme-Costa Blanca.
For being very fast as well as an excellent climber, he is one of the most complete riders of the international bunch.
Alejandro became very soon a star in cycling firmament and in 2003 after he won two stages and was third overall in his first Tour of Spain, he came back from the Road World Championships of Hamilton (Canada) with a silver medal.
In 2004, he won 13 races and at the beginning of 2005 he signed a contract with the team Illes Balears-Caisse d’Epargne, then directed by José Miguel Echávarri.
That same year, he participated in his first Tour de France where he really impressed all the specialists, included Lance Armstrong, which he defeated at the top of the skiing station of Courchevel in the first mountain stage in the Alps. At the end of the season he won another silver medal on the occasion of the Road World Championships, this time organized in Madrid.
2006 was an extraordinary year for Alejandro as he won during the same week two of the most important one day Classics of the world calendar: the Flèche Walloon and Liège-Bastogne-Liège. As the consequence of a crashed which occurred during the
3rd stage of the Tour de France, he broke his right collarbone and had to abandon the race. At the end of the season he won a stage and was second overall in the Tour of Spain. Only a few days later, in Salzburg, he climbed another time on the podium of the Road World Championships, where he received the bronze medal. At the end of the season he received the UCI ProTour Trophy for having been the most regular rider all through the season.
In 2007, he finishes his first Tour de France. He is the sixth in Paris and decided that the Grande Boucle will be one of his main goals in 2008.
And without any doubt, even if did not fulfill his dream and did not climb on the podium in Paris, 2008 was hitherto Alejandro’s ever best season. After he won the Tour of Murcia and Paris-Camembert, he also won Liège-Bastogne-Liège for the second time before excelling in the Dauphiné Libéré where he won two stages and the overall final classification.
One week after he conquered the road Spanish title in Talavera de la Reina, he started in the Tour de France in Brest.
He won the first stage which enabled him to wear the first yellow jersey but unfortunately he crashed in the fourth stage. Even if he was able to go on, he paid the consequences of the crash in the Pyrenees where he was in difficulty during the ascension of the Tourmalet. He finished the ninth in Paris.
In August, he won the Classic of San Sebastian and a little later the first stage of the Tour of Spain. At the end of the season he received the UCI ProTour Trophy for the second time.
In 2009, in spite of the fact that he is like Eddy Merckx himself says, “the best Classics rider”, Alejandro modified his preparation program and sacrificed his ambitions in the one-day races so that he could present himself at the start of the major tours in the best possible shape. A judicious decision considering the fact that for the first time in his career he won a three weeks stage race: the Tour of Spain.
Alejandro Valverde comes back to competition on January 1, 2012 after a 18 months sanction. He defends the colors of Spanish squad Movistar Team. A few days later, Alejandro wins in Australia the fifth stage of the Tour Down Under, showing again the
great rider he is thanks to this first win of the current season which will be
a great one with a total of 8 wins amongst which the Vuelta a Andalucía, 1 stage in Paris-Nice,
stage 17 in the Tour de France in Peyragudes, 3 stages in the Vuelta a España. Moreover Alejandro
took finished the 2nd overall in the general ranking of the Spanish
Grand Tour and bronze medal in the road World Championships which took place in
the Dutch city of Valkenburg. In
2013, Alejandro will also ride within Movistar Team.
In 2015, Alejandro, then 35 years old, achieved the best season of his entire sporting career. Besides the fact he won very important races like the Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, he also made his biggest dream come true: to climb on the podium of the Tour de France in Paris.