Alejandro Valverde’s World Championship rainbow jersey revealed ahead of Il Lombardia

The Spaniard will wear his new colours at the final Monument of the season

Alejandro Valverde in his new rainbow jersey (Photo by Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
(Image credit: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Alejandro Valverde has unveiled the Movistar rainbow jersey he will wear for the next year.

The Spaniard claimed his first world title in Innsbruck, Austria last month at 38 years old.

He took the rainbow jersey from Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe), who won the stripes in three consecutive World Championships – a feat never before accomplished in cycling.

Valverde has now unveiled the Movistar World Championship kit, which he will wear at Il Lombardia on Sunday.

The Endura jersey was first unveiled at the Movistar Bike Festival in Madrid last weekend, where Valverde rode with team-mates.

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La Fiesta de la Bici is a mass participation event held on the streets of the Spanish capital.

Speaking after his World Championship win, Valverde said he would like to race until the Olympic road race in Tokyo, 2020.

The Spaniard said that could be the moment for him to retire.

Valverde will race the Italian Monument Il Lombardia this weekend.

He added that the Tour de France is not on his schedule for 2019, but may focus on the Ardenne Classics and the Giro d’Italia in Spring.

Valverde has opted for a classic World Championship strip, with rainbow bands on the torso, sleeves and collar.

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The blue Movistar logo appears just above the stripes on the chest, with the Endura, Canyon and UCI logos above that.

Valverde is expected to ride Tre Valli Varesine in Italy on Tuesday, followed by Milano-Tirano on Wednesday.

He is also expected to ride Gran Piemonte on Thursday before the ‘Classic of the falling leaves’ on Saturday.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.