Alejandro Valverde Will Race Tour Down Under
Australia’s Tour Down Under is not going to be lacking star power at all in 2010. Lance Armstrong and Cadel Evans will be joined by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. Valverde, this year’s Vuelta winner, will be joined by his Caisse d’Epargne teammates Luis Leon Sanchez, Jose Rojas, and team manager Neil Stephens. “There are a lot of riders in this Caisse d’Epargne team who could do well at our race in January. [Jose] Rojas was impressive here in 2009, winning the Cycle Instead Young Rider Jersey and finishing third in the GC. Rojas will certainly be one to watch in 2010,” says Mike Turtur, director for the Tour Down Under. “Caisse d’Epargne is bringing an impressively strong team with them to Adelaide. With the likes of Valverde, Sánchez and Gutierrez it’s got the calibre of a Grand Tour team. There will now be three Grand Tour winners competing at the Santos Tour Down Under – Valverde, Pereiro and Armstrong,” he adds. Caisse d’Epargne’s lineup for the Tour Down Under: Alejandro Valverde, Luis Leon Sanchez, Jose Rojas, Ivan Gutierrez, Jose Garcia, Mathieu Drujon, and Mathieu Perget.