Alejandro Valverde Interview

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09/22/2008| 0 comments
by Thomas Valentinsen
Alejandro Valverde.
Alejandro Valverde.

Alejandro Valverde Interview

Valverde evaluates his performance in the 2008 Vuelta a Espana and talks about his expectations for the 2008 World Championships in Varese.

Valverde evaluates his performance in the 2008 Vuelta a Espana and talks about his expectations for the 2008 World Championships in Varese.

Looking back on the 2008 Vuelta a España you took a a stage victory, which enabled you to wear the golden jersey, and you also finished 5th in the final overall rankings. Are you satisfied with your Vuelta performance?

If I consider what my goal was at the beginning of the Vuelta, which was to win a stage and to prepare myself for Varese, I think that I must be satisfied with what I carried out in the Vuelta. I won a stage, was second, third and fourth in other ones, I wore the golden jersey and was very regular in all the classifications. In the mountain stages, I fought with the best and it is also necessary to highlight my excellent behavior in both of the individual time trials. Except for the moment of inattention in the stage to Suances, which took away from me any option to finish on the podium in Madrid, the rest of [my performance] is more than positive. 

Your 2008 season has brought many successes with it, but there is still a very important goal of yours left for you to target. Do you still plan to fight to obtain your World Championships goal?

This season is without any doubt the best of my sporting career [so far]. I won eleven races, among which it is [important] to highlight my victories in Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the San Sebastian Classic, the Dauphiné Libéré, and the Spanish Road Cycling Championship, but without forgetting my stage wins in the 2008 Tour de France and one stage victory in the Tour of Spain. Moreover, I won the final classification of the UCI ProTour for the second time. I think that I cannot complain. Now, it is true that a very important objective remains, which is the World Championship. I hope to add a victory to my Palmarès, but if I do not succeed I will be satisfied all the same with what I achieved in 2008.

 

You have just finished a tough three week Grand Tour. In what physical condition do you expect to start at the 2008 World Championships in Varese?

Sincerely, I believe that in a very good one, even though I have to wait and see how I will recover from these three weeks of many hard efforts [in the] Vuelta, which was a very hard one. In spite of the fact that I was no longer fighting for the podium, I gave it all [I had] in the time trial in Navacerrada in order to make a test to know how my shape actually was. I answered hundred percent, which is a very good sign. Personally, I wanted to finish the race because it was very important for me to arrive in Madrid. Many riders gave up the Vuelta a few days before, but I do not think that it will make a difference. A rider like Paolo Bettini for example went home only the

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