The Big Issue

Have a big black marker ready to scrub Alejandro Valverde's name out of this guide. He wasn't allowed to ride the Tour last year because the race crossed the border into Italy where he had been banned from racing. However, the UCI has been slow to extend that ban worldwide, as its rules require. So delete as applicable: Valverde is banned/ about to be banned any day/ going to carry on racing forever.

Alejandro Valverde sits at home and watches on TV


FROM: Spain AGE: 26 TOUR BEST: Stage wins in 2008 and 2009


Not to be confused with Samuel Sanchez

HE'S THE ONE WHO: keeps saying he's not ready to be the overall leader yet, despite a string of top results. Tactical genius. Don't ever take him to the finish in a group — he'll turn you all against each other, then outsprint you and make you look silly.

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