Alejandro Valverde hopes to skip 2018 Tour de France as Movistar focus on Quintana and Landa

37-year-old hoping to finally win World Championship in 2018

Alejandro Valverde at the 2016 Tour de France

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Three months on from fracturing his knee cap in a crash on the opening stage of the 2017 Tour de France, Alejandro Valverde has said that he hopes not return to the race next year as Movistar focus on supporting Nairo Quintana and new signing Mikel Landa.

Valverde, who has finished in the top ten of the Tour on six occasions, says that it will be better if he focuses on other objectives now that his team has so many GC options.

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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.