On Alejandro’s birthday last year we looked into whether or not he’d had hair plugs and we – correctly – concluded that he hadn’t. However, 2012 was a pretty stellar year for him after his return from suspension: he got married, won a stage in the Tour de France, delighted us with a three-way joust with fellow Spaniards in the Vuelta – where he finished runner-up, took a bronze in the World Championships in Valkenburg and won frequently on home soil.
Here’s Alejandro winning stage 17 of the Tour de France in Peyragudes, which was over-shadowed by the ‘did he, or didn’t he’ between Sky’s Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome.
Alejandro fared rather better in his home Tour, the Vuelta a Espana, where he won three stages, wore all the jerseys, finished runner-up and took home the points jersey. However, one can’t help but wonder what the outcome might have been if Alejandro hadn’t lost time in the stage one crash.
At the end of September at the World Championships in Valkenburg, Alejandro won a bronze medal marred somewhat by the ‘should he, or shouldn’t he’ have waited for team leader and former three-time World Champion, Oscar Freire.
Alejandro has ridden his whole career for the same team, which has gone through numerous iterations and is now sponsored by the Navarran mobile telephone operator Movistar, until the end of 2014.
Alejandro got his 2013 season off to a great start with a win in Mallorca.
He successfully defended his title in Ruta del Sol and might have fared better in the Volta a Catalunya were it not for a fall.
He was Mr Consistent in the Ardennes Classics, twice finishing on the podium and this week he’s racing in the Tour de Romandie in preparation for his next assault on the Tour de France followed, probably, by the Vuelta a Espana.
So let’s give him a helping hand blowing out the 33 candles atop his VeloVoices chocolate birthday cake.