Alejandro Valverde says he’s the thinnest he’s ever been ahead of the Tour de France

World champion says he wanted to see how his body would respond to weight loss ahead of Route d'Occitanie race last month

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Alejandro Valverde says he is currently at the lightest weight he's ever been ahead of the Tour de France.

The world champion returned to racing after injury at the Route d'Occitanie stage race in France in June looking noticeably thinner than he had done during the earlier part of the year.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.