Veteran cyclist Alejandro Valverde has confirmed that he will be at the Tokyo games postponed for next year.
"If everything goes well and I am still fit, I will be, although of course I will be 41 years old and everything will be more complicated," says the Movistar cyclist.
"The postponement of the Olympic Games was something inevitable especially for athletes," said Valverde, who will turn 40 at the end of April, in a video on Twitter.
“In the end, nobody can train and everything is much more complicated. And then, the truth is that you have to watch out, especially for health. I think it was all very hasty, "added the 2018 world champion.
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Despite this postponement, the Movistar rider was willing to try to be at the Olympic Games next year, despite the fact that he will then be 41 years old.
"If the Games at the end are the summer of 2021, if everything goes well and I am still in condition, I will be, although of course I will be 41 years old and everything will be more complicated," said the winner of the Tour of Spain in 2009.
"But I have one more year of contract and in 2021 I will be able to run without any problem and if the coach calls me, I will be at the Games to do my best", stated Valverde, who, regarding his career end, warns that the 2021 season is going to run "entirely".
If there is a Tour we will do our best
“The fact that there are no Games clearly changes the idea. If you continue with the rest of the season and you can run, for example, the Tour de France because there will be a totally different preparation, "he said.
"We will do the Tour de France to the best of our ability, one hundred percent, always with a great team like Marc Enric and Marc Soler and do it to the fullest and face the final part of the season to the fullest and 100%," concluded the reigning champion of Spain.
Source: La Vanguardia
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