Alejandro Valverde says he won't ride all three Grand Tours again in 2017

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde completed all three Grand Tours in 2016, claiming two top-10s and a 12th place finish in an impressive string of results, but he hints he won't be doing it again

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Alejandro Valverde has racked up an impressive 92 race days in 2016, but the 36-year-old insists he won't attempt to replicate his feat of completing all three Grand Tours next season, having discovered how hard it is to be competitive in all three.

The Spaniard put in some impressive performances in the three-week races, finishing third overall and winning a stage at the Giro d'Italia in May, finishing sixth at the Tour de France in July and then riding in support of Nairo Quintana as he won the Vuelta a España in September, finishing 12th himself.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.