Valverde is still a very strong rider at 41 years old. Now we know he was a client of Fuentes and part of the blood doping crowd. I presume he is riding clean or close to it now.
Valverde has always been a very strong rider but he didn't make you say OMG in the doping days. He was just one of the better of the dopers. Not winning tour after tour. Not riding like Merckx in the classics. He never really came to my attention. (Yeah, some of that is on me.)
So my thought - I wonder if he is an exceptionally strong rider cursed (!) with a high hematocrit (sp) who benefited less from the doping but gets to benefit from his naturally high HC now. In any case, I'm glad he is still around. He's fun to watch!