Valverde does not get off

The Spanish is one of those runners who prefer to compete than train at home. Something similar already happened to him in 2016, when he completed the big three.

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Monday, July 12, 2021. Second day of rest on the Tour. Vincenzo Nibali, 36, announces his retirement from the round with 15 stages in his legs, crowned by his presence on Sunday's getaway, on the way to Andorra. "It was the perfect way to get into top form in Tokyo," says Shark. Alejandro Valverde, 41, who shared the same escape with the Italian and finished second, close to victory, confirms at a press conference what was already known, that he continues in France until the end, that he does not get off, because, totally You cannot travel to Japan before next Monday, the day you will take a flight from Paris to the Olympic capital. The Spanish is one of those runners who prefer to compete than train at home. Something similar already happened to him in 2016, when he signed up for the Vuelta and completed the big three. Racing is where he has the most fun. Nibali and Valverde are two veterans with the same goal, the Games, a competition to which they know they will not return, but they have chosen different ways to face them. And both can be just as good. It will be seen.

The Monday of rest was also the date chosen by the coach, Pascual Momparler, to announce the members of the Olympic quintet: Omar Fraile, Jesús Herrada and the Izagirre brothers, Ion and Gorka, will accompany Alejandro. The call for Gorka, who has not competed since the Giro, has surprised. As well as the exclusion of Pello Bilbao, with its consequent anger. Jonathan Castroviejo, who does not figure among the chosen ones, had also made more than enough merits. Both have rounded Giro and Tour at the highest level, perhaps that is the reason. The reason for the inclusion of the oldest of the Izagirre must be sought beyond the results, perhaps it is better understood by reading the opinion of boss Valverde: “Gorka is going to give me a lot. He is a colleague and a friend, and he knows how to team up ”. Well that.



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