Alejandro Valverde will quit Tour and Vuelta early to focus on Olympics and Worlds

Two special prizes are up for grabs for climbers in 2020

Alejandro Valverde at Il Lombardia 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Alejandro Valverde has said he will end his two 2020 Grand Tour participations before their conclusion in order to focus on his main goals for the season.

Both the Olympic road race in Tokyo and the UCI Road World Championships follow the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, with each one-day course suited to Valverde's abilities, and the Spaniard has said he'll look to capitalise on this.

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Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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