Samuel Sánchez has decided to take on a pair on Spanish one-day races before he makes his debut at the Tirreno-Adriatico.
The 34-year-old had been contemplating not starting his season before the 'Race of the two seas' at March the sixth, but, according to BiciCiclismo, he'll in fact be back in action in two weeks' time.
The 2008 Olympic champ will put on a bib number for the first time this year at the rapidly-diminishing Vuelta a Murcia, set to be staged as a one-day race this year on February 23. He'll follow that up with an appearance at next day's Clásica de Almería.
After giving Tirreno a go, 'Samu' will head straight home to the Basque Country to defend his overall Vuelta al País Vasco crown from last year, and only after that is he likely to decide whether he'll line up for the Ardennes Classics.
No matter what races he opts for, though, it's still with the goal of being in top shape for May's Giro d'Italia.
Watch the video below to see an entertaining video of Samu and his son at their home in Güeñes, Vizcaya.