Alejandro Valverde: I think I could retire after the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020
Oct 01 2018 09:08 pm CET

Alejandro Valverde: I think I could retire after the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020
Alejandro Valverde: I think I could retire after the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020
Photo of Alejandro Valverde (c)Innsbruck-Tirol 2018 / BettiniPhoto

Spain's Alejandro Valverde has just won the road race of the World Championships and he is already thinking about his future in cycling. The rider thinks he still has some more years to go on the road.

At 38, the Spaniard has taken the biggest victory of his career and he considers the possibilities for his retirement. "I think I could retire after the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, those would be my fifth games and that is a lot for a cyclist," he said to Spanish news agency EFE.

"If I am on a good level I would like to start there. That is the only medal that is missing but I'm very happy with what I have done."

But Valverde hasn't forgotten to enjoy his most recent victory. "I'm incredibly happy about taking this medal and the feeling that I get when I see how the people are enjoying it, my teammates, rivals and the press, is unbelievable," he said.

"To take the gold medal in the World Championships at my age is incredible."

Valverde also looked back at the injury he sustained at the 2017 Tour de France, where he broke his kneecap and finished his season. "This is my seventh medal and finally I get the Golden one," the Spaniard explained. "This is more exciting because after the injury of last year I thought that my sports career was over, but everything that I have done in the year has been very impressive.

"I am very hungry for more successes. This medal has arrived now but I am enjoying it and savouring it now more than if I was younger. I've done everything in cycling so everything that comes after this will be a present."




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