Spaniard Alejandro Valverde is eager to begin his 2010 season with his team, Caisse d’Epargne. The first half of his schedule is finalized, and he told Spanish daily El Mundo that he will kick things off with the Tour Down Under, and will also be at the Tour de France. After Australia, the Spaniard will go to the Tour Méditerranéen, Tour du Haut-Var, Paris-Nice, Vuelta a Catalunya, and Vuelta al País Vasco. Valverde wants to start off the season strong in order to be most competitive throughout the season. “We’ll see if I can be in better form at the Classics to continue fighting for a win,” he said. Valverde wants to do well in the Tour, but he acknowledges the fact that Contador will be hard to beat. “You have to be realistic – it won’t be easy to beat Alberto Contador. Nevertheless, in a 21-day race nothing is impossible,” he says.