Valverde makes return from ban in Australia

Tue, 03 Jan 06:24:00 2012

Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde will return from a doping ban at the Tour Down Under in Australia later this month.

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Movistar have confirmed that Valverde will be in their squad for the week-long race which begins on January 15.

Valverde, who won the Vuelta a Espana in 2009, was banned for two years after being linked to the Operation Puerto doping scandal which dogged the 2006 Tour de France.

He raced in the 2010 Tour Down Under with the case against him proceeding, and race director Mike Turtur believes that experience could make him a contender for the title.

"The experience he had here when he last raced in 2010 will have him well placed to be a big threat to take out the overall win," Turtur said.

"The Old Willunga Hill and Stirling finishes suit Valverde's style of racing so we expect him to ride well."

Full Movistar Tour Down Under line-up: Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Imanol Erviti (ESP), Jose Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), David Lopez (ESP), Angel Madrazo (ESP), Javier Moreno (ESP), Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP)

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