The Spaniard has never won the opening Ardennes classic, and this year he's racing at Vuelta a Castilla y León to prep for his Giro debut.
The Spaniard will do some altitude training instead of racing on the cobbles as he prepares for the Giro d'Italia.
The Ruta del Sol slips through Tejay van Garderen's fingers as Alejandro Valverde sticks a long-range attack in the queen stage
The 35-year-old has some new race targets this season — the Giro d'Italia and the Tour of Flanders — and wants an Olympic medal.
The Colombian rider has twice finished second to two-time champion Chris Froome, but he hopes things will be different in 2016.
Movistar manager Eusebio Unzué tells a Spanish news outlet that Alejandro Valverde has "insinuated" he could race the 2016 Vuelta.
Alejandro Valverde was a podium threat at nearly every race he started in 2015, from the spring classics to worlds in September.
Andrey Amador registered the best grand tour finish of any Central-American rider in 2015, but next year he will work for Alejandro
The Spanish squad will send Alejandro Valverde to the Giro d'Italia, the first time he's raced the Italian grand tour.
With a pair of stars at the helm and a very impressive supporting cast, Movistar is sticking to its proven recipe for success.