Been a fan since 2005 when he beat Armstrong on the first mountain stage of the Tour, in a sprint, which was unheard of. I was 13 at the time, I already regarded myself as a veteran cycling fan, but I hadn't seen a rider like him yet. Never thought I would still have the pleasure of watching him ride at 30. Gonna miss him.
From the time where you didn‘t have to wear helmets (on MTFs) and many cyclists in the peloton looked like 40 year olds with receding hairlines. Now, Valverde also looks like a 40-year old but is already at 42