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Alejandro Valverde set to tackle Giro d'Italia in 2018

Joe Robinson
9 Oct 2017

Alejandro Valverde will target the Giro d'Italia in 2018 before attempting to win the World Championships in Innsbruck

Alejandro Valverde has set out his marker for the 2018 season, looking to target the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana before attempting to win his first World Championships in Innsbruck, Austria.

In an interview with Spanish newspaper El País, the 37-year-old underlined that his ambitions for next season would lie in tackling the two Grand Tours before attempting a World Championships course that, on paper, should suit the rider.

Besides this, the Spaniard will also complete his usual Ardennes Classics programme in the hunt for a sixth Flèche Wallonne and record-equalling fifth Liège–Bastogne–Liège.

'Giro, Vuelta a España and Worlds. Why? I have few opportunities left to win the World Cup. I have six medals, but no gold. And in Innsbruck it's very, very hard.'

By choosing to ride the Giro and Vuelta, it suggests that Movistar will be taking Colombian Nairo Quintana to the Tour de France with new singing Mikel Landa sharing leadership duties with Valverde at the Giro.

Landa has already made his intentions clear for next season, stating that he believes his best chance of Grand Tour success is at the Italian three-week race.

After a disappointing season, in which the Colombian failed in his Giro-Tour double attempt, Quintana will be looking to spoil Chris Froome's attempt at a fifth yellow jersey and hope to become the seventh rider ever to win all three Grand Tours.

Valverde was also questioned about the under-performance of Quintana at this year's Tour, in which he only managed to finish 12th.

The Spaniard made reference to how demanding a challenge the Giro-Tour double is, stating that the Colombian demands high expectations of himself and the team however believes it will not take much for his teammate to back to his best.