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.
This is from the 8th stage, right?Here's another shot in which Valvede rides alongside Evans, climbing hard with him, while they lead a small group:
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Back when Gesink still seemed to be on a path to world domination!This is from the 8th stage, right?
Not a bad group.
Basso behind and A. Schleck further down. He didnt finish this stage, I see.
Tom Danielson for Garmin. He was 4th in the GC at the time.
I believe in the white and lightblue helmet between Valverde and Tom Danielson is Ezequiel Mosquera for Xacobeo-Galicia.
The red/white helmet in the back of the picture, I dont know. Maybe Moncutié who finished 2nd on the day? Dont remember the stage, if he was in the break or something instead.
Behind Basso should be Gesink for Rabobank, who finished 3rd on the stage. Cunego won, before Moncoutié.
Samu had crashed the day before in the descent of Tudons and dropped early in Xorret de Catí.Back when Gesink still seemed to be on a path to world domination!
It's isn't from stage 8, cause Evans wasn't in the lead until after the finish. So it must be from Xorret de Catí the following day, which also explains the amount of riders being out of the saddle.
It's also Fränk and not Andy Schleck, who must have been wearing the LUX jersey during the race, before he exited with stomach cramps.
The fact that he's not even in the picture perfectly displays the less visible Samu from that Vuelta (in contrast to his 2007 race).
I think he's retiring after the Vuelta, but I would love to see him fight for the win at Il Lombardia one more time.Another big win in Flech or LBL would be amazing... could one dream that he finally wins Lombardia?! Maybe his final race will be on home soil in the Vuelta though.
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