Heroes of La Vuelta
Unipublic, the organizing company of La Vuelta, began last week a special of six chapters entitled “Héroes de La Vuelta” with a review of the performances of Alejandro Valverde in the race that he won in 2009 and where he accumulates up to twelve stage wins and seven podiums spread over fourteen editions since its debut in 2002.
Nineteen years later, the man from the Movistar Team, an icon of the Spanish cycling for his achievements over almost two decades, starts a new edition of the race with the same enthusiasm and passion, integrating a powerful and ambitious block together with Miguel Ángel López, Enric Mas, Nelson Oliveira, Imanol Erviti, Carlos Verona, José Joaquín Rojas and the Swiss Johan Jacobs.
From 2002, with names such as Erik Zabel, Gilberto Simoni, Roberto Heras, Joseba Beloki or the Cantabrian Óscar Freire, to the current edition, generations of cyclists have accumulated with a single common denominator: Alejandro Valverde, who he continues to opt for big triumphs as he has proven this year with his first places in the sixth stage of the Dauphiné and the Gran Premio Miguel Indurain, his second place in the arrival of the Tour de France in Andorra or his remarkable performance in Liège.
For this Vuelta, his fifteenth, expects a tough route, joining Burgos and Santiago de Compostela, alternating novelties such as Picón Blanco, Pico Villuercas and Gamoniteiro with classics such as Lagos de Covadonga.