Valverde: "I never dreamed of being second in the Tour"

The Murcia defended his second place in the Tour of Spain in the penultimate stage, ending in Gredos. Go back to the podium after I did it in 2014.

I am delighted! I would never have imagined that I would finish second this Lap. I came to win some stage, but finishing just behind Roglic is a great success, ”said Alejandro Valverde at the goal of the Gredos Platform. The 39-year-old from Murcia, was the cheerful face of a Movistar who has lived a final week of a convulsive race.

Lopez, who approached the world champion at the start to apologize: "I made a mistake" . The Murcia, although he was annoyed by the disqualifications, did not want to enter into controversies once he confirmed his place in the drawer of Madrid, a position that was in danger from the attack by Pogacar. Finally, he took third place from his partner Nairo Quintana. “ With the rain the radio station had to be damaged, neither Nairo nor I knew the references. I asked Ion Izagirre. The public also told me to press and gave me information. Then I stopped. We wanted to defend Nairo's square and mine, in the end the third could not be. I am happy and I want to thank the team ”, said the Murcian after he conquered the Spanish round. An award after the last edition escaped him in the last days. “This year I finished much better, I even gained weight,” joked the Spaniard, who already looks at his next goal, defending the rainbow jersey in Yorkshire: “It will be very difficult, but we will try. The selection that we are going to take is very good. The tour doesn't suit me as well as Innsbruck's last year, but we'll give it our all ”.

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