Valverde renews two years with Movistar and will retire with 41

The Murcia, who will run on Sunday in Murcia the national, will follow another three more linked to the structure of Movistar. About the Tour: "My favorites, Landa and Nairo".

Alejandro Valverde will pass the border of 40 years at the highest level of cycling. Exactly, it will run until 41. Today in Murcia, at home, Movistar announced its renewal for two more seasons. will be 19 years as a professional (debuted in 2002) , as many as cyclists of other eras: Lucien van Impe, Joop Zoetemelk, Aldo Moser, Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle ... Incombustible. He has just won the Ruta de Occitania.

After hanging the bicycle, it will continue to be linked to the team structure for three more years, either in the technical team ("helping young people") or as an adviser. "I am very happy because Movistar is my home. This gives me peace of mind to continue working and enjoying the bike ", he said in Murcia, where on Sunday he will also try to conquer the Spanish champion jersey in the background to add it to the rainbow of world champion. And he said he will not back down on his decision, although he looks good in 2021: "No, no, it's okay, we have to give way to young people, I've already enjoyed this sport a lot and I hope to continue doing it after another mode ".

Eusebio Unzué, manager of Movistar, stressed that Valverde is" essential "for the team. "A leader on and off the road," he added. Therefore, after not being able to run the Giro due to a bone edema, will be on July 6 at the departure of the Tour in Brussels. His role is clear, his goal is not yellow. "I will help Mikel Landa and Nairo Quintana as much as possible to see if one of them is a champion. I see them well, with a lot of desire and a great team around them. I've been done with the leaders, and if a stage is shot, I will not waste it. But I will always think about the future and Paris for My favorites to win the Tour are Mikel and Nairo ", he told AS about his aspirations.

El Tour, yes, he is very open with Chris Froome in the infirmary and a Geraint Thomas that is an unknown after retire by accident in the Tour of Switzerland. But Valverde gives a name. "Egan Bernal is very fit and will be one of the dangerous and reference runners" , warns about the 22-year-old Colombian, partner in Ineos of the two British and that stands as an alternative. In front of them, the Movistar de Valverde, that of the 125 victories as a professional. At the start of the Tour he will take Bernal 17 years ... and he still has two more in the peloton.

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