Alejandro Valverde: The Tour can be more fun with the three of us
Nov 04 2017 12:02 am CET

Alejandro Valverde: The Tour can be more fun with the three of us
Alejandro Valverde: The Tour can be more fun with the three of us
Photo of Alejandro Valverde by Movistar Team

Alejandro Valverde is set to be completely recovered by the start of 2018 and already has big plans for the season. The rider commented on his rehabilitation and the next season at the Movistar media day in Spain.

The Spaniard expects to play a good role in the 2018 Tour de France, along with Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa. "It would be nice to be with the two of them and create a great Tour. The Tour can be a lot more fun with the three of us because the route is good for strategies and to fight for it from the beginning. There are a lot more possibilities," he said to the Spanish news agency EFE.

He also wanted to comment on the rumoured problems between Quintana and Landa. "It has been said from the outside that they were fighting but they get along very well. He has been integrating perfectly and we are like a family. We are all very happy and I'm enchanted by Mikel being here," he explained.

The rider has clear goals for the upcoming season. "My career is already completed, but my objective is to win again. I don't know when. It is not to boast, but I think I will be at that level again very soon."

In the last edition of the French Grand Tour, Valverde crashed in the Time Trial of the first stage and broke his kneecap, an injury that kept him off the road for the rest of the season. "Recovery is going pretty well and the sensations are similar to the ones I had just before the crash. The knee is not at 100% yet like the right one, but I hope to be completely recovered by January," he commented.

Valverde also said that he doesn't have any doubts about the success of his rehabilitation. "If you would have asked me one and a half months ago, I would have told you that I had doubts. But nowadays, I don't have any doubts and I know I will be at 100% soon. I even finish the training sessions better than when I start them."