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Nibali to lead team in Flanders; Valverde to miss race: Daily News Digest
Alejandro Valverde was expected by many to ride Sunday’s Tour of Flanders, particularly after an aggressive performance and 11th overall in Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen. However he has told ‘El Larguero’ that he will miss the race. Instead, according to Movistar, he will ride Saturday’s GP Miguel Indurain.
Valverde will be 38 next month and has returned from a bad crash at last year’s Tour de France. Since his return this season he won the Abu Dhabi Tour, the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana and last week’s Volta a Catalunya.
“The start has been unbeatable, it’s even better than last year’s, which was incredible,” he said, according to Cadena Ser. “After the injury and at 38 years, it’s fantastic.”
It seems improbable, yet he claims he has improved with age. “I do not notice that I feel worse than when I was young,” he said. “I feel better, I recover better than before, the desire is the same or more. I’m super happy and I feel good. If the body is well, you have to give it a shot.”