Alejandro Valverde admits Giro d'Italia 'general classification very difficult because of my age' as he targets stage victory

The Spaniard is hopeful of winning a stage as he competes in the Giro for the just the second time in his career

Alejandro Valverde Giro d'Italia
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Alejandro Valverde doesn't expect to challenge for overall victory at the Giro d'Italia, but the 42-year-old is hopeful of winning a stage in the penultimate Grand Tour of his career. 

Speaking at the Movistar press conference ahead of the Giro d'Italia getting underway on Friday, Valverde recognises the limitations of his body in competing at the front of the pack across all 21 stages. As a result, the experienced Spaniard is instead targeting a stage victory, in what will be the 31st Grand Tour appearance of his career.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.