He's coming home!!!! Alejandro Valverde comeback thread.

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What will Valverde's impact be the cycling world in 2012

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I don't think he has shown much so far to say he could be in contention at the worlds or Vuelta. Unless he is bluffing big style as he more or less wheel sucked his way around the Tour (mentoring Mas?) to get some prep in,. The last ITT was just weird. Hope he is honest with his doms if his form is off for the Vuelta and doesn't make them suffer for him to get a top 10 rather than go for stage wins, which I think would go down better than struggling in GC. Do they have a backup if he is struggling or is it all or nothing?
For la Vuelta the back up plan is Mas for GC. Before the TT I thought his form was improving and looking better and thought he'd be alright for the Worlds and good for la Vuelta, but then the TT happened. One of the worst of his entire career. If the forecast weather for the Worlds is accurate I'll be surprised if he doesn't abandon the race very early and then just skip the Ardennes entirely.

So what will going to be on Sunday? First, before the Tour, his form was crap. Then during the Tour he was improving day-by-day, it looked like he perfectly timed his form for the Worlds. And then that TT happened... On top of that it could rain all day on Sunday, which is not to his favor.
Nevertheless, I'm still optimist. I think we shall see a good Bala on Sunday, fighting for the win.
Between the TT which was just weird and the cold and rain for the Worlds I don't actually expect him to even finish the race. Landa is co leader for the Worlds anyway and I wouldn't be shocked if it's cold and raining before the start he transfers full leadership to Landa and climbs off early.
 
If the forecast weather for the Worlds is accurate I'll be surprised if he doesn't abandon the race very early and then just skip the Ardennes entirely.
Nope, he's a racer, he'll ride. Yorkshire was something different, that was torrential rain all day and really cold, I doubt it will be the case on Sunday. The course itself also wasn't much favorable to him, so he stopped. And he rode before in rain, and rode good. At Florence 2013 was raining.. Heck at Liege 2015 was also raining...He'll ride till the end.
 
Nope, he's a racer, he'll ride. Yorkshire was something different, that was torrential rain all day and really cold, I doubt it will be the case on Sunday. The course itself also wasn't much favorable to him, so he stopped. And he rode before in rain, and rode good. At Florence 2013 was raining.. Heck at Liege 2015 was also raining...He'll ride till the end.
I hope it's not a repeat of last year.
 
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Nope, he's a racer, he'll ride. Yorkshire was something different, that was torrential rain all day and really cold, I doubt it will be the case on Sunday. The course itself also wasn't much favorable to him, so he stopped. And he rode before in rain, and rode good. At Florence 2013 was raining.. Heck at Liege 2015 was also raining...He'll ride till the end.
At Liege 2015 he was a young 35-year-old.
 
Good, but not good enough anymore. I don't see him fighting for a win or a medal in Tokyo in this way, especially with the young gens stepping up ..
After today, I don't think he even goes to Tokyo. He said a week or so ago that he may decide not to go to Tokyo next year. With how poor his form has been all season I wouldn't be shocked if next year he only races several of the Spanish races and nothing else to say goodbye to the fans in Spain.
 
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Anyone watching this years TDF saw Valverde fight back,push through and finish the race in a higher overall place than any old grandpa..I wish him well..no matter how old he gets he still races his bike like an enthusiast junior!!
Koronin will tell you that he is really unhappy this year, although he was obviously having fun training with the other Spanish riders in the national kit because there was one photo where he was smiling, however, he has no enthusiasm generally and is just going through the motions at this point and has ridden his last race outside Spain where he will still ride to have a season-long, low-level goodbye campaign because his gear group doesn't please him and the weather is too weathery.
 
I agree with most..but I think you have to be pretty deep to finish were he did on the tour, so I agree with 99% of what you said but his TDF is slightly above going through the motions,in my opinion..but I think you and I share admiration for him overall..
 
Movistar obviously has had something wrong this year. Started to look better third week of the tour though. Top 5 in the Vuelta and last year-ish form next year is what my oracle vision is telling me.
That goes without saying.

Unfortunately I don't see a top 5 at la Vuelta with the form he's showing. I may be wrong, but he was sounding a bit discouraged after today's race.
 
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8th in a 258km bike race against and in front of most of the best riders in the world, that's nothing to be ashamed of. Age is catching up, we see it, but he's still showing the young guns his back wheel. First Spaniard today. As long as it remains that way, Valverde will feel compelled to wear his national team jersey in Tokyo. He sees the writing on the wall, but there's no better exit than to pull a Vino. And if Valverde does that, what an exclamation point and a decisive argument that he, not Contador, is the best Spanish rider of his generation. Although one may argue that The Don has raced at the top for basically two generations.
 

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