Valverde: I’ll retire in The end Of 2021Cyclingnews.Com #End_OfFebruary 9, 2020
Alejandro Valverde has confirmed that he will call time on his career at the end of the 2021 season, by which time he’ll have turned 41 years of age.
In the past, Valverde has hinted that he would stop after the Tokyo Olympics later this year, though last year he said that “in principle” he’d retire in 2021.
He took second place behind Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana and will be aiming for his first win of 2020 in Valencia, a race he’s won three times in the past, taking four stages along the way.
Last season, though, saw the 39-year-old take only five wins, down from 14 the previous year.
“It will be very hard,” he said about the prospect of not being able to fight for wins in future.
In 2018 he added the rainbow stripes to a palmarès that includes the 2009 Vuelta, nine Ardennes classics including four Liège-Bastogne-Liège wins, six WorldTour stage races and 18 Grand Tour stages, among others.
The Tour is the Tour – it must be honoured.
This year’s Tour will be Valverde’s 13th participation in the race.
“Movistar had to make changes after a couple of years in which we achieved good results, although sometimes we didn’t work as well as we wanted to,” Valverde said.
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