The Tokyo Olympic Games are the main goal of the Spanish cyclist Alejandro Valverde in what is likely to be his final year as a pro.
The 40-year-old Valverde hopes to complement his impressive honorary list in Tokyo next summer with an Olympic medal. His nickname is El Imbatido (the unbeatable, red) for nothing.
“ I think this will be my senior year,” said Valverde during Movistars online team presentation. “My biggest goal is the Olympic road race in Tokyo.” The Spaniard celebrates its 41st birthday in April. During that period he hopes to peak in the Ardennes classics.
A lot of motivation
The Tour basically skips Valverde this year. The veteran wants to get a medal at his fifth Games shortly afterwards. He is supposed to drive the Tour of Spain after that. Valverde won the Vuelta in 2009 and finished in the Tour and the Giro on stage (twice third). The Spaniard won several times Liège-Bastogne-Liège, the Walloon Arrow, the Clásica San Sebastián and many other races.
“ In my head, this is my senior year. I start with a lot of enthusiasm and motivation for this season,” said the 2018 World Champion, who was flanked by Annemiek van Vleuten, who will ride for Movistars womens team.
The Spaniard Enric Mas and Colombian asset Miguel Angel López are the leaders of Movistar in the Tour. Both are also going to drive the Vuelta. The Spaniard Marc Soler is the leader for the Giro.