With the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (2017) and the Colombian Nairo Quintana (2016) in the spring the last two winners at the start of the Tour of Catalonia (19-25 march), as were the organisers Thursday announced.
The duo of Team Movistar is assisted by the young and promising Spanish rider Marc Soler, the number three of the previous edition. Valverde won the Tour of Catalonia, also in 2009.
The 38-year-old Valverde celebrates Thursday its comeback in the Tour of Mallorca, after he months outside of battle, it was a spectacular fall in the first stage of the Tour of France. In addition, he ran two fractions.