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Valverde wants success in Ardennes

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Apr. 16, 2010
  • Updated Nov. 18, 2010 at 6:00 PM EDT

Valverde won Leige-Bastogne-Liege, for the second time, in 2008. Photo: Graham Watson.

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne) returns to the Ardennes on the hunt for a victory in one of the three classics in the offering.

Hot off second place at the Vuelta al País Vasco behind Chris Horner (RadioShack), Valverde says he’s in shape to have a good run through the Ardennes.

“I come with a lot of motivation and ambition to get the best possible result, just like every time I race,” Valverde said. “These are three races that I like a lot and they are well adapted to my characteristics, just as I’ve demonstrated in my win at Flèche and two at Liège. This year, I’d like to win one of the three.”

Valverde’s record in the Ardennes

2006
1st Fleche Wallonne
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
2007
2nd Liège-Bastogne-Liège
2nd Fleche Wallonne
2008
3rd Amstel Gold
1st Liège-Bastogne-Liège
2009
7th Fleche Wallonne

For Amstel Gold Race, Valverde admits that he’s typically missing that winning edge as he tries to hit top form for Flèche and Liège later in the week.

“On paper, (Amstel Gold) suits me well, but because it’s the first of the three, I’ve always arrived just a little bit short,” he said. “I have missed a little strength on the final. Let’s see if this year I have the luck and the strength in the final kilometers to fight for the win.”

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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