Sunday, January 15, 2012

"He's one of the best"

Alejandro Valverde's imminent return to professional cycling is causing a big stir in his home land as well in the entire pro peloton. After two years out of action, his form is naturally an unknown. Rival and friend Samuel Sánchez is not concerned though: Piti's still got it.

"I was shocked when I saw him a few months ago. He was so thin! He'll win in the first race he'll take part in (the Tour Down Under). For sure he'll take out the overall or at least a stage. He's one of the best riders in the world. Alas, I'm in no doubt he'll return to winning ways", Samu told Marca.

The Euskaltel captain, who'll kick start his season on Mallorca in February, says the two get along very well - but warns an already solid-looking Movistar outfit will become even stronger with their former leader back among its ranks.

"They did very well last year without a clear, defined leader. Imagine how good they'll be this year!"

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