Feb 9, 2011 -Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde has been out training with his Movistar team-mates in Majorca while he serves a ban for doping.
The 30-year-old – winner of the 2009 Tour of Spain – was suspended last May by the the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) till the end of the 2011 season for his role in the Puerto doping scandal.
However, he said in a statement on Wednesday that the ban had not demoralized him and he had been training hard with his team-mates, who formerly rode under the banner of Caisse d’Epargne.
“Despite being prevented from competing for so many months, I am still at a good level, practically the same as this time last year,” said Valverde, who was crowned overall ProTour champion on two occasions.
“I have been training really hard since October. I then took 25 days to rest up before returning to the gym, running and mountain biking.
“In short: I have been doing a little bit of everything so I don’t lose the dynamic of preceding years.”
Valverde, winner of several classics including the Liege-Bastogne-Liege twice, said that it was vital to keep really fit so he was well prepared for his competitive return.
“What counts is that I don’t lose the rhythm and to be prepared as well as possible for my return to competition,” he said.