Alejandro Valverde decides against racing Tour of Flanders despite strong Dwars Door Vlaanderen performance

Valverde heads back to Spain after successful one-race spell in Belgium

Alejandro Valverde leads the chasers over the cobbles at Dwars Door Vlaanderen

(Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Alejandro Valverde has decided not to race the Tour of Flanders despite riding to an impressive 11th place finish in Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

Valverde, Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana, and fellow GC rider Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) took part in Dwars Door Vlaanderen in order to get a taste of the cobbles and the Classics style of racing ahead of stage nine of this year's Tour de France, which covers a number of cobbled sectors on the way to Roubaix.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.