Hell stop anyway. After twenty seasons as a professional cyclist Alejandro Valverde hangs his bike on the proverbial willows at the end of 2021.
Valverde, who hopes to be 41 in April, announced the news at the presentation of his team Movistar. “I start 2021 thinking that it will be my last season, but I do it with the same illusion as always”, says the Spaniard.
His decision comes after a year in which, contrary to his custom, he did not win a single victory. The long honorary list of the unbeatable , which became prof in 2002, contains 127 victories, including six times the Walloon Arrow and four Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
He won one big round (the 2009 Vuelta) and was also on the stage of both the Tour (2015, third) and the Giro (2016, third). In 2018, he took the world title he coveted, after having been on stage six times at World Championships – a record.
A race that is still missing from his honorary list is the road match at the Olympic Games. That is, therefore, the main objective of Valverde in 2021.