Although it does not have the World Tour category of many of the competitions that dot the Alejandro Valverde calendar, the Vuelta a Murcia is always among the special races for the world champion. The home test, where he finds the warmth and the support of his neighbors, cross again in the way of Valverde, with the important novelty of having recovered a second day.
The race begins on Friday with a stage between Yecla and San Javier, next to the coast, after climbing the Alto del Cabezo de la Plata. However, the general will be decided on Saturday, with 177 km between Beniel and Murcia and passes through the Collado Bermejo and the Cresta del Gallo, in a layout similar to last year.
Valverde, who has the record of wins in Murcia with five triumphs, will have the support of a very Murcian Movistar Team with the locals Rubén Fernández and José Joaquín Rojas; accompanied by Carlos Barbero, Carlos Betancur, Rafa Valls and Héctor Carretero.