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Alejandro Valverde debuts rainbow jersey ahead of Italian Classics

Spaniard set to ride Tre Valli Varesine before Il Lombardia this weekend

Joe Robinson
8 Oct 2018

Alejandro Valverde revealed his brand new World Champion's rainbow jersey over the weekend as he looks set to debut his new stripes at Tre Valli Varesine tomorrow. 

At a ceremony in Paseo de la Castellan, Madrid, the 38-year-old revealed his new Worlds jersey alongside members of the men's and women's Movistar team riding through the city centre. 

Joined by Movistar team manager, Eusebio Unzue, it was also confirmed that Valverde would first don the jersey as early as Tuesday 9th as the Spaniard leads his team at the Italian one-day classic Tre Valli Varesine.

The four-time Liege-Bastogne-Liege champion will begin the final phase of his 2018 season as he hunts a maiden Il Lombardia title. 

The season's final Monument, Lombardia has alluded Valverde during his long career with second place his best placing in both 2013 and 2014. 

The Murcian-born rider will then race Milano-Torino on Wednesday and Gran Piedmonte on Thursday before heading to the Il Lombardia startline on Saturday. 

He will be hoping to carry the form that saw him win a first road race World Championship at the 12th time of asking. Valverde managed to hang with Michael Woods (EF-Drapac) and Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) on the steep Holl climb towards the finishing before out-kicking the duo to the line. 

A partial thanks should be handed to the UCI and its guidelines surrounding the World Champion's jersey too. Rules are strict regarding the rainbow meaning that sponsors can have little say as to how prominent the coloured bands are.

A saving grace considering Movistar's previous years of Spanish national champions have had little more than the spill of ketchup and mustard over the chest to signify their status as champion.