After not participating in the Paris-Nice in the last moment because of an illness, Alejandro Valverde returns this Monday to the competition in Volta a Catalunya. It is the oldest event on the spanish calendar, with more than one hundred years of history and 96 editions and it will open the World Tour schedule of Valverde, who will start here a season full of competitions.
The cyclist of Movistar Team keeps great memories of the Catalan race. In his last participation, in 2015, he obtained three victories and the second position of the general, only behind the Australian Richie Porte. However, his best performance came in 2009, when he won the overall classification and a stage win.
It will not be easy to repeat such performances. La Volta presents a very demanding route and a first level participation. Valverde will face runners like Chris Froome (Team Sky), Alberto Contador (Trek), Samuel Sánchez (BMC) or Romain Bardet (Ag2r). According to the route, we have to pay special attention to a 41 kilometers team time trial on the second stage and to the stages that are finishing at La Molina, Lo Port (Tortosa) or Reus after surpassing La Musara in the final part.