Alejandro Valverde cannot wait to start the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España. The experienced Spaniard will share the lead in the big rounds with Enric Mas, his team Movistar announced on Wednesday evening.

"I'm just as excited for the big rounds as I was ten years ago," said Valverde, now 40, on the Movistar site. "These two big rounds are very different from normal. It will be a special year anyway with many challenges in a short time frame. I'm really looking forward to that."

The Tour de France is held from 29 August to 20 September and the Tour of Spain is planned from 20 October to 8 November, on the cycling calendar, which has been completely adjusted due to the corona crisis.

"The Vuelta is held in the north of Spain, so we can count on cold and bad weather. The conditions in the Tour de France will also be different than normal. Hopefully we can take advantage of that," said Valverde, who his thirteenth Tour participation and fourteenth Tour of Spain stands.

Initially, Movistar would go to the Tour with three leaders as usual, but due to the busy schedule, that is no longer possible. As a result, the Spaniard Marc Soler makes his debut as leader in a big round in the Giro d'Italia (3-25 October).

"The idea was to go to the Tour de France with the three of us," admits Movistar boss Eusebio Unzué. "But Enric Mas had a bit of a hard time with that. Based on his hard work in recent years, Marc has earned it to lead the team in a three-week round, so he is the only leader to go to the Giro."

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