At the team presentation of the Spanish Movistar side for the 2019 season, Alejandro Valverde was presented with the "Vélo d'Or", the cycling counterpart of the Ballon d'Or. To the Spanish cycling magazine 'Ciclismo a fondo', the 38 year old rider confirmed he's willing to coming to Flanders to participate in the Tour of Flanders for the very first time.
"Joining in on 'the Ronde' would be nice, especially because it would be a first for me", says Valverde. "What my full programme looks like next year, is something I don't know yet. But I've always gotten the liberty to decide where I wanted to go and the Tour of Flanders is something I really want to do. There have never been problems about that with team management in the past."
Valverde really wants to shine in the rainbow jersey on the biggest stage of cycling, but realizes his participation could conflict with the team's strategies. "I want to show myself on the Flanders' cobbles, but if I'd have to work for the team in the World Champion's jersey, that would be something I have no problems with at all."
Fans who want to see the World Champion at work in Flanders, can write down Sunday April 7th with almost 100% certainty. Then is the day of the 103rd Tour of Flanders will be decided. Last year victory was for the Dutch rider Niki Terpstra.