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By Agence France Presse
Spanish rider Alejandro Valverde will lead Caisse d’Epargne at this year’s Vuelta a España, the team announced on Monday.
The 29-year-old, who finished second in the 2006 Vuelta, did not compete in this year’s Tour de France after being banned from competing in Italy for two years by the Italian Olympic Committee after he was implicated in the Operación Puerto doping scandal.
The decision, which Valverde has contested, kept him out of the Tour, the 16th stage of which passed through Italy.
The Vuelta takes place from August 29 to September 20.
Caisse d’Epargne for Vuelta a España: Imanol Erviti (ESP), Jose Vicente Garcia Acosta (ESP), Vasil Kiryienka (BLR), David Lopez (ESP), Dani Moreno (ESP), Fran Perez (ESP), Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP), Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Xavier Zandio (ESP).