Valverde: "The podium is also a great reward"

The Murcia faces the last leg of the Optimistic Tour, thinking that the Roglic leader can also fail, but without losing sight of his second place.


On a rainy morning in Lerma, where Movistar lives on the rest day of the Vuelta, Alejandro Valverde decided not to go out to train and roll. The Murcia, second of the race at 2:48 Roglic, wants to be focused for the remaining five days because is clear that the Slovenian "can still fail." Become the main asset of the Movistar in the round, he declared before the means that he does not want to miss any opportunity: "Maybe this last week is not as demanding as others, but it is also very hard. And not only because of the mountain that remains. No ports are needed to try things" .

Because, in a race where he presented himself as Nairo's support, the world champion has been forced "to take responsibility." At the moment, he is on the podium, a result that if he arrived in Madrid, he would consider it "also a great reward": "I am realistic, the leader is very strong and my options will depend on how I feel. If I'm fine, I can give it my all, but if I'm not so good, so I'm going to risk and lose everything I've achieved. "

But it also makes it clear that the time he gave in La Cubilla is not a sign of running out of gas, like it happened to him in the Vuelta 2018 in Andorra: "Roglic also opened when he attacked Lopez. He set his pace and linked, I minimized losses. I do not fear that it happened to me again what happened in Andorra. If you think about it, it sure happens ". And what is clear is that there is equality: "One day yields one, another day another. It is around and anything can happen."



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