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Place: Cocentaina, Alicante
Birth: 25/06/1987
Country: ESP
Height: 179 Cm
Weight: 64 Kg
Pro debut: 2009
Years in team: 1
Career path:

2018: Movistar Team
2016-2017: Lotto-Soudal
2014-2015: Lampre-Merida
2012-2013: Vacansoleil
2010-2011: Footon / Geox
2009: Burgos
2007-2008: Relax / Scott (stagiaire)

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Rafa Valls

STILL EXCITED. Having forged most of his career to date at squads from the Netherlands (Vacansoleil), Italy (Lampre) and Belgium (Lotto), Rafa Valls joined the Movistar Team as happy as a neo-pro, looking forward to leave misfortune behind. However, he was also a DNF at the 2018 Giro d’Italia, where he was the road captain for the Blues, due to a crash on stage 10. That incident, though, hasn’t prevented the Cocentaina native from keeping himself as committed to the team’s interest as ever. As well as working for the leaders, he’d like to seek for individual aspirations in races where he’s not required to pull – chances are that his home race, the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, could see him doing well.

TOP-QUALITY WINS. He’s got few wins in the pro scene, yet all of them are decent ones. In 2010, he conquered the Mirador de Potrero in the Tour de San Luis, and five years later, he added the Green Mountain stage of the Tour of Oman and the overall classification, in front of Tejay van Garderen and Alejandro Valverde. In 2015, Valls also claimed top-ten finishes in Paris-Nice and the Volta a Catalunya. He’s got 7th and 8th in the last two editions of the Tour Down Under, the inaugural event of the UCI WorldTour.

GETTING STRONGER. Injuries and crashes have overshadowed his entire career: a neumotorax in the Vuelta a Murcia (2012), two broken ribs in the 2013 Giro, a humerus in the 2014 Tour Down Under… and three fractured ribs at the 2018 Giro d’Italia. To get over those bad moments and back to his best, Rafa chose to remain with his loved ones in Alicante. He’s never been an extravagant like, rather than a humble, discreet person loved by everyone in his hometown and all the teams he’s been part of, one of which he was nicknamed in as ‘Cocentaina’s Bertsolari’ (teller of verses) because of his skills for rhyming games. If roads are harsh with him, he’s able to improvise – pun absolutely intended.

 Before earning a place in the pro peloton with Burgos Monument in 2009, Valls had to prove his legs at two different teams as a trainee, something uncommon as the norm is jumping after one ‘stagiaire’ period. He did so with Relax-Gam (2007) and Scott-American Beef (2008), the organisation which later saw him jumping into the WorldTour (Footon) and debuting in the Tour de France.

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Palmares

3 Victories as professional

1st Tour de Omán 2015
1st (4th stage) Tour de Omán 2015
1st (2nd stage) Tour de San Luis 2010
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Results
2019

40 Days of Racing
5636.8 Km covered

13th (1st stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
25th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
26th (1st stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
31th (1st stage) Vuelta a Murcia
35th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Madrid
35th Clásica de Almería
35th Vuelta a Madrid
39th (2nd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
39th Down Under Classic
40th Vuelta a Murcia
41th (3rd stage) Tour Down Under
42th Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
42th Tour Down Under
44th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Murcia
44th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
45th (4th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
46th (6th stage) Tour Down Under
48th Critérium du Dauphiné
49th (4th stage) Paris-Nice
50th Vuelta a Aragón
53th (4th stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
54th (1st stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
55th (4th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
56th (4th stage) Tour Down Under
57th Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
61th (2nd stage) Vuelta a Aragón
61th (1st stage) Vuelta a Aragón
63th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Madrid
67th (3rd stage) Vuelta a Aragón
67th (5th stage) Tour Down Under
68th (5th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
72th (8th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
75th (1st stage) Vuelta a Madrid
75th (2nd stage) Tour Down Under
76th (3rd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
76th (1st stage) Tour Down Under
79th (5th stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
85th (5th stage) Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol
90th (3rd stage) Paris-Nice
91th (2nd stage) Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
94th (7th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
95th (5th stage) Paris-Nice
96th (3rd stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
105th (6th stage) Critérium du Dauphiné
124th (2nd stage) Paris-Nice
124th (1st stage) Paris-Nice
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