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.
Except for one little thing. He's already started saying in interviews that he may not go to Tokyo. Just a few weeks ago he made the comment that if he doesn't think he is good enough to win in Tokyo he won't go and take a place that can be used by a younger rider. As I said he sounded a bit discourages or dejected by what he was and wasn't able to do in this race.