Alejandro Valverde ready to take risk on season with Tour of Flanders debut

The world champion says it's the perfect time to try his hand at a Monument he's never ridden

World champion Alejandro Valverde in action in 2018 (Sunada)

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) is willing to risk his season as world champion in order to debut in the Tour of Flanders this April 7.

The Spaniard will take his rainbow jersey, won in the Worlds in Innsbruck, to Belgium. It is the first time for Valverde, a Grand Tour and climber for the Ardennes Classics, having won Liège-Bastogne-Liège four times and placed third in the Tour de France.

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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.