Alejandro Valverde 'still uncertain' about Tour de France participation
Jun 07 2019 01:36 am CET

Alejandro Valverde 'still uncertain' about Tour de France participation
Alejandro Valverde 'still uncertain' about Tour de France participation
Photo of Alejandro Valverde © Mary Cárdenas /

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is still uncertain about his shape and participation in the Tour de France. The World Champion suffered a crash before Liege-Bastogne-Liege that changed his season's plans.

A couple of days before the Belgian race the rider hit the deck and suffered bone oedema in the sacrum that forced him out of the race and of competition. The rider had the plan of starting in the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España to show his rainbow colours but the injury didn't allow him to race since.

The Spaniard was interviewed by the magazine Esquire Spain and there he showed his doubts about the season. "It's still uncertain," Valverde commented. "It is true that my absence from the Giro has changed the plans, the preparation and the calendar. Also, the absence of competition in May opens the door to a calendar that is closer to what I have done in the past.

"But before knowing if I'll be in the Tour, I want to test my feelings and make sure that everything is 'where it should be'."

Valverde also talked about the rest of the season for Movistar. "The main objectives of the year are ahead of us," he said. "We have always been a team that works for the grand tours. Because of that, the Tour de France and the Vuelta a España are races that we always aim to win.

"We have big names like Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa, but we can't rule out riders like Marc Soler."

The rider also knows what he would choose if the options are the Tour de France title or an Olympic Gold. "Nowadays, I would choose the Gold, without a doubt," Valverde explained. "I've done the Tour many times, I've won stages and I climbed onto the podium in 2015 after a whole race battling for the win. I think I have given my all in France.

"But the Olympic Games are a different story. To be able to represent Spain for the fifth time in a competition like that makes me very proud. And to do it knowing that you have options to get the victory or a medal is a very special motivation."




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