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But at Movistar‘s training camp in Pamplona, it was revealed that Valverde would ride Flanders and the Giro in May, both new races for him.
The only stage race he will enter before the Giro will be March’s Tirreno-Adriatico, where he last raced in 2002. After the Giro he will reportedly ride the Tour de France alongside Nairo Quintana – the duo finished second and third in 2015.
But one of Valverde’s main goals of the year is the Olympic Games road race in Rio, which favours the climbers and has attracted a field that will likely include Chris Froome and his teammate Quintana.