Portrait ofAlejandro Valverde
Place: Murcia
Birth: 25/04/1980
Country: ESP
Height: 177 Cm
Weight: 61 Kg
Pro debut: 2002
Years in team: 15
Career path:

2005-2020: Illes / Caisse / Movistar Team
2002-2004: Kelme

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Alejandro Valverde

Simply the best

FROM AN INJURY, TO A RAINBOW DREAM. Seven months after his brutal crash in the 2017 Tour de France, and following many long weeks of recovery, Valverde was able to win again -2018 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana- when many had called his career over. Ironically, that was his best season ever, with pure class and commitment leading him to 14 victories, a palmarès crowned with the success he had always dreamt of and aimed for: becoming world champion in Innsbruck (30 September 2018).

THE LAST DANCE? Even though you never known with ‘Bala’, it really seems like 2021, his nineteenth season as a pro, will be the last, after a difficult 2020 where the long pandemic stop took its toll on Alejandro. He showed again great regularity in both the Tour (12th) and La Vuelta (10th), yet was left without any victories, with a 2nd place from the winter, back in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, as best result. Seeking to improve from that bitter taste -he already went on long-range moves in La Vuelta (3rd in Villanueva de Valdegovía) to make up for it- and getting some wins in his allegedly last season will be a big goal.

THE LAST BIG CHALLENGE: TOKYO. He will seek in 2021 to compete in what will be his fifth and final Olympic Games, the highest point of his season. At La Vuelta, where he obtained last year his twentieth overall top-ten result last year, will finish, barring any surprise, the GT appearances of Valverde, who signed with Abarca Sports as an ambassador through the end of 2024 as part of his last contract back in 2019.

His biggest passion remains his family, who joins him at the finish of many races. His wife is Natalia; his five kids are called Iván, Alex (twins), Pablo, Natalia and the recently born -during the 2020 La Vuelta- Alessandra. A man loyal to his roots, he’s been born, raised and lives in Murcia, and admits that, even if people around the world tries to make him comfortable wherever he goes, he wouldn’t feel as good in any other place rather than home.

 His rivals’ parents when he was a young child called him ‘El Imbatido’ (‘The Unbeaten One’) because of his voracious character on the bike. He started racing at age 9, and from 11 to 14 years old he snatched 50 consecutive victories. The nickname he likes the most is a word game with his last name: ‘Balaverde’.

 His endless palmarès doesn’t include the day he enjoyed the most on a bike. He always recalls his first Worlds appearance, in Hamilton (Canada), where he took silver behind compatriot Igor Astarloa. “It was really the achievement I hold dearest because of everything around that race”, he remembers.

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Palmares

128 Victories as professional

1st GP Miguel Indurain 2021
1st (7th stage) Vuelta a España 2019
1st Campeonato de España 2019
1st Route d'Occitanie 2019
1st (1st stage) Route d'Occitanie 2019
1st (3rd stage) UAE Tour 2019
1st Campeonato del Mundo Línea 2018
1st (8th stage) Vuelta a España 2018
1st (2nd stage) Route d'Occitanie 2018
1st Route d'Occitanie 2018
1st (3rd stage) 2018
1st 2018
1st Volta a Catalunya 2018
1st (4th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2018
1st (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya 2018
1st Abu Dhabi Tour 2018
1st (5th stage) Abu Dhabi Tour 2018
1st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2018
1st (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2018
1st (2nd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2018
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2017
1st Flèche Wallonne 2017
1st Vuelta al País Vasco 2017
1st (5th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2017
1st Volta a Catalunya 2017
1st (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2017
1st (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2017
1st (3rd stage) 2017
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2017
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2017
1st Vuelta a Murcia 2017
1st (16th stage) Giro d'Italia 2016
1st 2016
1st Vuelta a Castilla y León 2016
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2016
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2016
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2016
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a España 2016
1st (4th stage) 2015
1st Spanish RR Championships 2015
1st Flèche Wallonne 2015
1st Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st (2nd stage) 2015
1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana 2015
1st (6th stage) 2014
1st Clásica San Sebastián 2014
1st Flèche Wallonne 2014
1st GP Miguel Indurain 2014
1st 2014
1st Roma Maxima 2014
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2014
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2014
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2014
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2014
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2014
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2013
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2013
1st (1st stage) Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana 2013
1st Vuelta a España 2013
1st (8th stage) Vuelta a España 2012
1st (3rd stage) 2012
1st (17th stage) Tour de France 2012
1st (3rd stage) Paris-Nice 2012
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2012
1st (2nd stage) 2012
1st (5th stage) Tour Down Under 2012
1st 2009
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2009
1st Critérium du Dauphiné 2009
1st Volta a Catalunya 2009
1st (3rd stage) 2009
1st Klasika Primavera 2009
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2009
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a España 2009
1st (2nd stage) Clásica San Sebastián 2008
1st Tour de France 2008
1st (6th stage) Tour de France 2008
1st (1st stage) Spanish RR Championships 2008
1st Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st (1st stage) Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2008
1st 2008
1st Paris-Camembert 2008
1st Vuelta a Murcia 2008
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2008
1st (4th stage) 2007
1st (3rd stage) Clásica de Alcobendas 2007
1st Vuelta a Murcia 2007
1st (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2007
1st Vuelta a España 2007
1st (7th stage) 2006
1st (4th stage) Tour de Romandie 2006
1st Flèche Wallonne 2006
1st Vuelta al País Vasco 2006
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2006
1st (2nd stage) Tour de France 2006
1st (10th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2005
1st (4th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2005
1st (3rd stage) Paris-Nice 2005
1st (7th stage) 2005
1st Trofeo Sóller 2005
1st Trofeo Manacor 2005
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2004
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2004
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2004
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2004
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2004
1st (5th stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2004
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2004
1st (3rd stage) Klasika Primavera 2004
1st Vuelta al País Vasco 2004
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2004
1st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2004
1st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2004
1st (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2004
1st (2nd stage) 2004
1st Trofeo Cala Millor 2004
1st (15th stage) Vuelta a España 2003
1st (9th stage) 2003
1st Prueba Villafranca - Ordiziako Klasika 2003
1st (5th stage) Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho 2003
1st (4th stage) Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho 2003
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Aragón 2003
1st Vuelta al País Vasco 2003
1st (3rd stage) 2003

Other results

2nd WORLD RR CHAMP. 2005
2nd IL LOMBARDIA 2013
2nd VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2012
3rd GIRO D’ITALIA 2016
3rd TOUR DE FRANCE 2015
1st REGULARIDAD VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2015
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Results
2021

25 Days of Racing
3924.2 Km covered

1st GP Miguel Indurain
3rd (3rd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
3rd (6th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
3rd (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya
4th Volta a Catalunya
5th (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya
5th Amstel Gold Race
6th (4th stage) Volta a Catalunya
7th Itzulia Basque Country
8th GP Larciano
8th (1st stage) Volta a Catalunya
10th (2nd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
10th (4th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
15th (6th stage) Volta a Catalunya
19th (1st stage) Itzulia Basque Country
22th (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya
25th (5th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
30th (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya
33th (5th stage) UAE Tour
34th (1st stage) UAE Tour
40th UAE Tour
47th Strade Bianche
55th (3rd stage) UAE Tour
55th (6th stage) UAE Tour
55th (7th stage) UAE Tour
55th Clásica de Almería
56th (2nd stage) UAE Tour
70th (4th stage) UAE Tour