Mallorca - Murcia - Andalucia - Strade - Catalunya - Itzulia - Fleche/Liege - Giro?He lays out what his plan is for the first part of the season here. Mostly in Spain plus Strade Bianche, Fleche Wallone, and LBL.
As Valverde lays out his path to his second (and last) Giro d’Italia, he expresses confidence in Movistar’s new generation of leaders.cyclingtips.com
I hope you are right!Valverde is eternal, he's not gonna retire in 2022.
Probably, yeah. Top 5 in all Ardennes Classics + Il Lombardia the year you turn 41 is pretty crazy.Fleche Wallonne 2021 for example has shown how good Valverde still is. In the Vuelta, he was with the best climbers until he crashed out. If you consider cycling has become faster over the last 20 years, I strongly suppose Valverde 2021 or 2022 is almost as strong as he was when he beat Armstrong in Courchevel 2005…
With what we're seeing for times and how fast races overall are being ridden now, he very likely is. It's crazy to think about it when you realize he's 41 and he's been a pro since he was 21 (turned 22 his first year as a pro).I hope you are right!
I hope he is the Spanish Davide Rebellin: ride 20 years as a pro cyclist, and then spend the next 25 years announcing you will retire after next season, but in fact stay pro until 55 or 60.
Fleche Wallonne 2021 for example has shown how good Valverde still is. In the Vuelta, he was with the best climbers until he crashed out. If you consider cycling has become faster over the last 20 years, I strongly suppose Valverde 2021 or 2022 is almost as strong as he was when he beat Armstrong in Courchevel 2005…
A day or more in pink would be lovely. Do you guys think he'd style it like Vino, or sport much more subdued kit? (Vino example follows...)Classic Valverde calendar up until Liege. I really like that he's going to ride Giro instead of Tour, and would love if he could grab Maglia Rosa at least for a day.
I hope he goes for a restrained, classic kit. Although I absolutely loved the bike, I wasn't the hugest fan of AV's 2009 Vuelta leader's strip:He choose a classic kit for his year in the rainbow jersey. So I'd suspect he'd want a more subdued classic kit. Also likely Movistar would prefer something more subdued.
!Great pic! Not just AV on his way to his only Grand Tour win but also the unique terrain of the Vuelta compared to the TdF and Giro.
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