The Golden Ambition of the Valverde Olympics at the Age of 40
A series of great achievements have been achieved by Alejandro Valverde. At the age of 40 years now. However, that did not reduce his ambition. Even though it’s old enough, the Spaniard still has big targets next year, the 2020 Tokyo Olympic champion.
Valverde has defended Spain in many Olympics. Starting in the 2004, 2008, 2012 edition, until 2016. However, he has not even won gold yet.
To the maximum, Valverde will limit its participation in the championship next year. In the run-up to the Olympics, he only took part in the Tour de France, which was close to the biggest multi-event in the world.
Movistar team manager, Eusebio Unzue said, the age of 40 years would not reduce Valverde’s motivation to race at the highest level. “Alejandro has no other races before the Olympics besides the Tour de France,” Unzue told Marca .
Rest periods may be a problem. Because the time span between the last stage of the Tour de France and the 2020 Olympics is only a week. A short rest period made Valverde doubtful at the Olympics. However, it was denied by Unzue.
“Maybe this is not the ideal preparation. However, I do not think it will be a problem for Alejandro,” added Unzue. Unzue added, Movistar will help Valverde to look excellent in Tokyo.
Valverde is a racer who has performed on three Grand Tours, namely the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia, and Vuelta a Espana. He is the 2009 Vuelta a Espana champion. In addition, Valverde also won the 2018 road race world championship .
Valverde was runner-up in the 20th stage of the Tour de France 2019. She placed ninth in general classification . An even greater achievement was recorded at La Vuelta a Espana 2019. Valverde was ranked second in general classification .
Olympic road race numbers will race a one day race . That fact is quite beneficial for senior drivers. Because no consistency is needed in a long race.