The winner of La Vuelta last season, Fabio Aru begins the new year in Spain, in the revived race Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Running from February 3rd – 7th, the early season race is back on the calendar for the first time since 2008, when Valencia-born rider Rubén Plaza (Lampre-Merida) won it. Plaza went on to win stages in the Tour de France and Vuelta a España this year.
2001 Vuelta a España winner Angel Casero and his brother Rafael, also a former pro, have spearheaded a locally-based effort to revive at least one of these week-long events, traditionally the backbone of Spanish professional racing. In Valencia’s case, the race dates back to 1929 and has been won by the likes of Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Stephen Roche. “A lot of people, amongst them myself and my brother, were very keen to seen Valencia return to the calendar,” Casero told Cyclingnews. “So we started to work together to try and make it happen.”
Alongside Aru, in the spanish race Astana will send Luis Leon Sanchez, Alexey Lutsenko, Paolo Tiralongo, Diego Rosa, Dario Cataldo, Davide Malacarne, Arman Kamyshev.
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