Alejandro Valverde on the cobbles: 'He's not here to train', say his rivals

After placing 11th in Wednesday's Dwars Door Vlaanderen semi-classic, Alejandro Valverde's team says they will have a think about him riding the Tour of Flanders

Alejandro Valverde follows Tiesj Benoot during Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2018.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Rival riders and team staff are impressed with Spaniard Alejandro Valverde's performance on the wet and cold cobbles in Belgium's Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

The stage race and Ardennes star from Team Movistar lined up in the one-day race to taste the cobbles prior to the Tour de France's 'Paris-Roubaix stage' this summer. Not only did Valverde ride them – like team-mate Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) – but he attacked them.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.