'You can't imitate racing the cobbles in training': Valverde and Quintana ready for Dwars door Vlaanderen ride

The Movistar duo are set to ride the Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday as part of their Tour de France preparations

Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana at the start of the 2018 Volta Catalunya (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Team Movistar's Nairo Quintana and Alejandro Valverde will race a likely wet and sloppy Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday as a way to prepare for the Tour de France, saying it's difficult to recreate racing the cobbles in training.

The forecast shows rain and a high of 7°C in Waregem, where the 180-kilometre Belgian semi-Classic finishes.

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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.