Yorkshire World Championships - Alejandro Valverde: Weather will make the race very difficult
Sep 29 2019 02:33 am CET

Yorkshire World Championships - Alejandro Valverde: Weather will make the race very difficult
Yorkshire World Championships - Alejandro Valverde: Weather will make the race very difficult
Photo of Alejandro Valverde © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alejandro Valverde (Spain) is ready to defend the rainbow jersey at the road race of the World Championships of Yorkshire in a competition that is going to be very difficult.

The race will be 280 kilometres long over a rolling route but the difficult part will be provided by the weather, which is expected to be rainy and windy. Valverde knows that another victory will be difficult but he is ready to fight until the end.

"We are honest and we know that it is very difficult," he commented to Spanish newspaper Marca. "The rivals that I will have are more than last year because the route is not as tough. I feel good and the selection too, but it will be complicated. We also feel a lot of respect for the weather, which will make the race very difficult.

"The route of last year was very tough and it had a wall that made a selection, but this time because of the weather we won't be able to eat well. It will be all the time a lot of movement over narrow roads. This Friday we could see how the road was almost not visible."

The Spanish selection is strong and it will have another card to play in addition to the current World Champion. "We still don't have a plan and if we did we wouldn't talk about it," he joked. "We will wait to see what the others will do. We will also have (Iván García) Cortina, who is a rider that can do it very well. We will have to ride in front to avoid any crashes and we will try to be where we have to be."

When asked about if he prefers to wear the Rainbow Jersey for another year or take the gold medal in Tokyo 2020, Valverde doesn't know what to answer. "It is a difficult question because I've already been World Champion but not Olympic champion. If I wouldn't have worn the rainbow jersey possibly I would have said that I'd rather be World Champion, but now that I had it, I have to choose the Olympic Games."




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