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

130 Victories as professional

1st (3rd stage) Giro di Sicilia 2021
1st (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2021
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) Route d'Occitanie 2018
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a España 2018
1st Route d'Occitanie 2018
1st (3rd stage) Route d'Occitanie 2018
1st GP Miguel Indurain 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) Volta a Catalunya 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 Flèche Wallonne 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 Andalucía 2016
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a España 2015
1st Spanish RR Championships 2015
1st Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya 2015
1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana 2015
1st (6th stage) Vuelta a España 2014
1st Clásica San Sebastián 2014
1st Spanish RR Championships 2014
1st Flèche Wallonne 2014
1st GP Miguel Indurain 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 Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana 2013
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a España 2013
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a España 2013
1st Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana 2013
1st (8th stage) Vuelta a España 2012
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a España 2012
1st (17th stage) Tour de France 2012
1st (3rd stage) Paris-Nice 2012
1st Vuelta a Andalucía 2012
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía 2012
1st (5th stage) Tour Down Under 2012
1st Vuelta a España 2009
1st Vuelta a Burgos 2009
1st Critérium du Dauphiné 2009
1st Volta a Catalunya 2009
1st (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya 2009
1st Klasika Primavera 2009
1st (5th stage) Clásica San Sebastián 2009
1st (3rd stage) Tour de France 2009
1st (2nd stage) Tour de France 2008
1st Spanish RR Championships 2008
1st (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2008
1st (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné 2008
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège 2008
1st Paris-Camembert 2008
1st Vuelta a Murcia 2008
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2008
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a Burgos 2007
1st (3rd stage) Clásica de Alcobendas 2007
1st Vuelta a España 2007
1st (4th stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2007
1st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2007
1st (7th stage) Vuelta a España 2006
1st (4th stage) Tour de Romandie 2006
1st Vuelta a Murcia 2006
1st Tour de France 2006
1st (1st stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2006
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2006
1st (10th stage) Paris-Nice 2005
1st (4th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2005
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2005
1st (7th stage) Paris-Nice 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 Castilla y León 2004
1st (2nd stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2004
1st (1st stage) Vuelta a Castilla y León 2004
1st (5th stage) Klasika Primavera 2004
1st (4th stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 2004
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta a Murcia 2004
1st Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2004
1st (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 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) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2004
1st Trofeo Cala Millor 2004
1st (15th stage) Vuelta a España 2003
1st (9th stage) Vuelta a España 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 Klasika Primavera 2003
1st (3rd stage) Vuelta al País Vasco 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

72 Days of Racing
11214 Km covered

1st (3rd stage) Giro di Sicilia
1st GP Miguel Indurain
1st (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
2nd (15th stage) Tour de France
2nd Giro di Sicilia
3rd (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
3rd (3rd stage) Volta a Catalunya
3rd (6th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
3rd Flèche Wallonne
3rd (3rd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
4th Liège-Bastogne-Liège
4th Volta a Catalunya
5th Il Lombardia
5th Amstel Gold Race
5th (7th stage) Volta a Catalunya
6th (4th stage) Volta a Catalunya
6th (4th stage) Giro di Sicilia
7th Itzulia Basque Country
8th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
8th (6th stage) La Vuelta
8th GP Larciano
8th (1st stage) Volta a Catalunya
9th Coppa Agostoni
10th (2nd stage) Itzulia Basque Country
10th (4th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
10th (18th stage) Tour de France
10th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
10th Milano-Torino
11th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
11th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
12th (3rd stage) La Vuelta
14th Critérium du Dauphiné
15th (6th stage) Volta a Catalunya
17th (11th stage) Tour de France
17th (2nd stage) Tour de France
18th (9th stage) Tour de France
19th (1st stage) Itzulia Basque Country
20th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
22th (5th stage) Volta a Catalunya
24th Tour de France
25th (5th stage) Itzulia Basque Country
27th (14th stage) Tour de France
28th (5th stage) La Vuelta
29th (17th stage) Tour de France
30th (2nd stage) Volta a Catalunya
30th (19th stage) Tour de France
31th (4th stage) La Vuelta
33th (5th stage) UAE Tour
34th (1st stage) UAE Tour
40th UAE Tour
40th (2nd stage) La Vuelta
42th Olympic Games
42th (1st stage) La Vuelta
43th (2nd stage) Giro di Sicilia
45th (16th stage) Tour de France
47th Strade Bianche
49th (13th stage) Tour de France
49th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
50th (7th stage) Tour de France
52th (21th stage) Tour de France
53th (6th stage) Tour de France
55th Clásica de Almería
55th (3rd stage) UAE Tour
55th (6th stage) UAE Tour
55th (7th stage) UAE Tour
56th (2nd stage) UAE Tour
70th (4th stage) UAE Tour
73th (20th stage) Tour de France
76th (1st stage) Giro di Sicilia
80th (5th stage) Tour de France
90th (3rd stage) Tour de France
91th (8th stage) Tour de France
93th (1st stage) Tour de France
96th (4th stage) Tour de France
102th (12th stage) Tour de France
120th (10th stage) Tour de France