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Alejandro Valverde // Photo: © TDWsport.com

04-05-2016, CANYON Forza Canyon

Valverde takes on first Giro d'Italia

Without the 2014 Champion, Nairo Quintana, on the starting line, Movistar Team will this year look to dress a different rider in pink. Alejandro Valverde will take up the gauntlet and with the support of an experienced squad and a great early season behind him, his chances look good. #BalaRosa

From the 6th to the 29th of May, Movistar Team will have a single mission: #BalaRosa. Alejandro ‘Bala’ Valverde will look to follow up Nairo Quintana’s 2014 result by winning the Giro and bringing the legendary Maglia Rosa back to Spain.

Having finished third in last year’s Tour de France, Valverde is feeling confident going into the Giro. “My approach to the Giro has been perfect. We’ve trained well and ridden everything we wanted to – even winning some big races.”

Surprisingly this will be Valverde's first time lining up at the Giro. The fact that he will be in contention for the Maglia Rosa in his first attempt at the race doesn’t bother the experienced Spaniard.

”I’m so glad to be racing the Giro for the first time. We’ll give our very best: Me and the whole of Movistar Team.”

Specialists for every terrain

From the flat, twisting roads of the Netherlands to the high mountain passes in Italy, Movistar Team’s Giro squad is well balanced and ready for any kind of racing. Andrey Amador was fourth in last year’s race and will serve as Valverde's domestique this year.

Jasha Sütterlin and Rory Sutherland are strong rouleurs for the flat stages, while José Herrada, Javi Moreno and Carlos Betancur will take over on the climbs. In José Joaquin Rojas and last year’s winner of the blue jersey, Giovanni Visconti, Valverde can count on two of the most experienced all-rounders in the peloton

The Best Bikes

Movistar Team will have their choice of our top model Ultimate CF SLX or Aeroad CF SLX and in the race against the clock, Valverde, Visconti and Co. will be riding our new and improved time trial bike, the Speedmax CF SLX. All of the bikes are equipped with full Campagnolo Super Record EPS groupsets and wheels.

Movistar Team at the Giro d'Italia: Andrey Amador, Carlos Betancur, José Herrada, Javi Moreno, José Joaquin Rojas, Rory Sutherland, Jasha Sütterlin, Alejandro Valverde and Giovanni Visconti

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