Alejandro Valverde: I will ride Giro, Vuelta and World Championships
Oct 09 2017 06:37 pm CET

Alejandro Valverde: I will ride Giro, Vuelta and World Championships
Alejandro Valverde: I will ride Giro, Vuelta and World Championships
Photo of Alejandro Valverde by Movistar Team

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) already has an idea of his calendar for the 2018 season. The Spaniard has clear objectives ahead of his 16th season as a professional.

Valverde had to stop his 2017 season after a crash during the first stage of the Tour de France, where he broke his kneecap and suffered major injuries to his leg which left him with a deformed knee and several scars. "This was done by the fence," he said to the Spanish newspaper El Pais while showing the marks on his leg. "It cut me like a melon. You could see the bone. I didn't even realise until I noticed the faces of the people that were looking. Now I have a thinner left leg, I lost muscle but I'm recovering it."

One of the Spaniard's biggest regrets is that he couldn't win the Tour de France and he doesn't think he will even ride it in 2018. "I don't say now that I won't ride it but you have to see the signings that the team has made this year. (Mikel) Landa and Nairo (Quintana) will be there and I don't want to ride it.

"I think next year I will have to focus on doing the Giro, the Vuelta and the World Championships. Next year's world championships in Austria are going to be very tough."

The rider doesn't rule out the Tour de France, but he has other objectives. "If the director Eusebio (Unzue) would tell me 'do your own calendar' I would tell him that I will ride the classics, Giro, Vuelta and World Championships," he explained. "Why is that? Because I now have few possibilities left to win a World title.

"I have six medals, but none of Gold. And Innsbruck suits me because it will be really hard and I could do it if everything goes well. Well, I have to see how my knee feels because I feel good for now, but you can never know until you really start riding."

The rider has recovered really fast and even called Unzue to ask him about the possibility of riding Milano-Torino, and even though he knows the sacrifices of the sport, he is impatient about going back to competition. "It has sacrifices, but you like it. There are moments when you feel really really bad, but when you like something then you do it without complaining," he commented.

"When you are not on the road, when you don't train and just lie there resting, you feel bad, you are taken out of your routine. And when you're not in your routine, you are not you."



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