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Training on Liège-Bastogne-Liège roads


I promised to give you some news while I was in Belgium for the classics and I am keeping my word!

After the Amstel Gold Race and the Flèche Wallonne, we are preparing the last of the three Ardennes Classics, Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which is also the one I prefer.

I was happy with my results in the Amstel and also the Flèche Wallonne and I hope to be even better next Sunday. 

Thursday, the day after the Flèche Wallonne, uses to be a quieter day and it is traditionally the day we make some interviews.  And it was also the case yesterday as three Belgian journalists came to our hotel to interview me. They were three nice guys and we stayed for a while talking about many different things.

Today we left the hotel rather early to go and reconnoitre the last 95 kilometers of Sunday race. For sure after so many years racing here we know almost all the route by heart  but it is anyway important to do it again every year as they are always small changes from a year to the other one.  And this time in particular it is very important to do it as the hill of La Roche aux Faucons is out of the race. We shall the one of Colonster instead.  A new one and it is of course particularly important to know it before the race day.

We had lunch already and now just after I wrote these words to you, I will take advantage of a nice siesta to have a good rest!

Have a nice afternoon everybody and thanks a lot for all the messages you are sending me every day on Twitter.


Aiming at the classics

It’s time to prepare mu luggage one more time as tomorrow we will fly to Belgium.

A very important week is waiting for us there in the North as we will take part in three big classic: Amstel Gold Race, Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

After the Vuelta a la Rioja, I took some rest but I caught a cold and had a Little bit of fever. As a consequence I decided not to compete in Amorebieta. The last days I felt really better and trained very well, including some 6 hours training sessions. So I believe I will be in good shape for those races.

For sure I feel really motivated.

I will try to tell you a few things during the week and in the meanwhile I share with you you some pictures with my family here in Murcia on the occasion of the traditional Bando de la Huerta.

I write you soon,


Children are crazy about cycling!

Between two races I each time spend only a few days at home but I always try to take advantage of that time. 

Last Tuesday I was invited at the Montepinar College, where my sons study, to meet the children of the 3rd degree. They all know plenty of things about many different sports but they were happy to learn something more about cycling: the bike, the helmet, the clothes, and so on.  After the class finish most of them told me they would like to practice cycling. I told them about the Valverde Team and its cycling school for young children. They can indeed start as soon as they are 5 years old.  They in fact already took part in a race this year and three of them finished in the top ten.  That’s a good start! Learning and improving every day is very nice. I am pretty sure this is a nice project.

I send you many Greetings from Catalonia where I arrived in order to start tomorrow in the Volta. Ready for another full week competition!

Week-end in Italy

Hello everybody!

The beginning of the season 2013 was even better than expected.  I won a stage in Mallorca, two in the Ruta del Sol as well as the overall ranking. Such victories are very important because they give me self-confidence, most of all my win in the prologue considering the fact ITT have always been my weakest point.

Tomorrow I will fly to Italy to take part in really attracting races. Strade bianche is a totally different event and there for sure it won’t be easy as Cancellara who won the race last years and several other specialists will be at the start.  For me that kind of race is completely new and I am curious in fact. I am sure it will be a nice day even if a tough one. The next day I will start in Roma Maxima, there in the heart of the Italian capital. Huge! For sure
I will tell you when I am back!


Presentations and training camp


The year just began and we already achieved plenty of things. It is a fact that the cycling season starts each time earlier. On 11 January we took part the presentation ceremony of   Movistar Team 2013.We had the opportunity to present ourselves to the journalists and all the people which were present in the Telefónica Auditorium in Madrid. Thanks to the streaming online on the squad website I know that many fans were able to follow the event and I am very happy it was possible to do that also this year. 

As soon it was finished I moved to Vigo in Galicia together with team-mate Juanjo Cobo. The day after we indeed had to attend the presentation ceremony of the next Vuelta a España. It will be a really tough race with 11 stages finishing at the top of a hill. It means a lot to me that one of those stages will finish in Peyragudes, precisely where I won my stage in the last edition of the Tour de France.

Once it was done there we were again on the road, this time southwards and the sunny Mojácar where the rest of the team went after the squad presentation for our first training camp of the season, like we traditionally do at this time of the year before the race season is launched.  We had the opportunity to spend some more time with the new Movistar riders, to establish the programme for the season and also to take part in some specific training sessions, team time trials for example.
A part of the squad already travelled to Australia to take part in the Tour Down Under and another part will flight tonight to Argentina for the Tour of San Luis. As far as I am concerned, I won’t start competing before February 3 on the occasion of the Challenge of Majorca. Two more weeks and my season 2013 will be launched.  I hope I am able to give you many satisfactions.

Keep in touch,




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