Alejandro Valverde wins the 2014 Fleche Wallonne
(Image credit: Watson)

ALEJANDRO VALVERDE
Date of birth: 25/04/80

From: Las Llumberas, Spain

Team: Movistar
Previous teams:
Caisse d'Epargne [2006-2010], Illes Balears - Caisse d'Epargne [2005], Kelme [2002-2004]

Alejandro Valverde career profile

Dubbed ‘El Imbatible' - Mr Unbeatable - Alejandro Valverde was considered to be of the most talented all-rounders in the peloton. Be it Grand Tours, week-long stage races, or one-day Classics, Valverde was a factor - witness his 12 victories in 2008.

Valverde's first big success on home soil came in the Vuelta a Espana, before he burst onto the international scene with a victory at Courchevel in the Tour 2005 - ahead of Lance Armstrong.

Since then Valverde has racked up further victories in the Vuelta a Espana, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Tour of Catalonia and the Dauphine Libere. But it is his link to the anti-doping investigation, Operacion Puerto, that has tainted his racing career.

Valverde was banned from racing on Italian soil for two years in May 2009 thanks to his alleged involvement in the Operacion Puerto doping affair, and was unable to take part in the 2009 Tour de France, which entered Italian soil.

In May 2010, the Court of Arbitration for Sport handed Valverde a two-year suspension on the strength of the evidence used to ban him in Italy, backdated to January 1, 2010. All of his results from the 2010 season were annulled. The ban finishes on December 31, 2011.

Valverde returned to racing at the Tour Down Under, Australia, in January 2012, winning the race's toughest stage on Old Willunga Hill.

Alejandro Valverde results

2015

Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana

Fleche Wallonne

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Volta a Catalunya; Stage two

Volta a Catalunya; Stage five

Volta a Catalunya; Stage seven

Spanish national road race champion

Vuelta a Espana; stage four

2014

Fleche Wallonne

GP Miguel Indurain

Roma Maxima

Vuelta a Murcia

Vuelta a Andalucia

Vuelta a Andalucia; stage 2
Vuelta a Andalucia; stage 1

Vuelta a Andalucia; prologue
National time trial champion

Clasica San Sebastian

Vuelta a Espana; stage six

2013
Vuelta a Andalucia
Vuelta a Andalucia; stage 3
Vuelta a Andalucia; prologue
Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana

2012

Tour Down Under; stage five

Ruta del Sol; stage two

Ruta del Sol; overall

Paris-Nice; stage three

Vuelta a Espana; stage three

Vuelta a Espana; stage eight

2010
Tour of the Mediterranean; overall (annulled)

Tour of the Mediterranean; mountains classification (annulled)

Tour of the Basque Country; stage one (annulled)

Tour of the Basque Country; stage two (annulled)

Tour of Romandy; stage (annulled)

Tour of Romandy; overall  (annulled)

2009

Vuelta a Espana; overall

Dauphiné Libéré; overall

Tour of Burgos; overall

Tour of Catalunya; stage three

Tour of Catalunya; overall

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; stage five

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon; stage three

Klasika Primavera

2008

Tour de France; stage

Vuelta a Espana; stage

Clasica San Sebastian

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

ProTour overall

Dauphine Libere; overall

Dauphine Libere; stage one

Dauphine Libere; stage three

Dauphine Libere; points classification

National road race championships

Tour of Murcia; stage

Tour of Murcia; overall

2007

Tour of Valencia

Tour of Murcia; overall

Tour of Murcia; stage

Tour of Burgos; stage

Clasica Alcobendas; stage

2006

ProTour overall

Fleche Wallone

Liege-Bastogne-Liege

Vuelta a Espana; stage

Tour of Romandie; stage

Tour of Basque Country; stage

Tour of Murcia; stage

2005

Tour of Mallorca; overall

Tour of Mallorca; stage

Tour of Mallorca; stage

Paris-Nice; stage

Tour of Basque Country; stage

Tour of Basque Country; stage

Tour de France; stage

2004

Tour of Valencia; overall

Tour of Valencia; stage

Tour of Valencia; stage

Tour of Murcia; overall

Tour of Basque Country; stage

Clasica Primavera

Tour of Castille y Leon; stage

Tour of Castille y Leon; stage

Tour of Castille y Leon; stage

Tour of Burgos; overall

Tour of Burgos; stage

Tour of Burgos; stage

Tour of Burgos; stage

Vuelta a Espana; stage

2003

Tour of Mallorca; overall

Tour of Basque Country; stage

Clasica Primavera

Tour of Aragon; stage

Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho; stage

Trofeu Joaquim Agostinho; stage

GP Villafranca

Vuelta a Espana; stage

Vuelta a Espana; stage

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