Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

June 24, 2016

In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Civil war averted: UCI, ASO reach agreement over WorldTour reforms; Trans Am: Lael Wilcox wins, smashes women’s record; Alejandro Valverde Q&A: ‘I think nobody doubts my performances anymore’; Glaetzer bests Perkins in match sprint at International Track Series; Lotto-Soudal aims for Tour wins with Greipel; Giant-Alpecin announced Tour roster; Wout van Aert extends with Crelan-Vastgoedservice; No Norwegian WorldTour team for 2017; BMC extends with Quinziato, Wyss; Official Tour de France teaser video; Michael Barry on building bikes with his father

Alejandro Valverde Q&A: ‘I think nobody doubts my performances anymore’

by CyclingTips

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is both a top rider, capable of winning anything from a one-day Classic to a Grand Tour overall, but also a controversial figure, linked with the Operacion Puerto affair, resulting in a two-year ban.

In the lead-up to the Spanish national championships, journalist Fran Reyes spoke about the rider’s season so far, the future and how he reflects on his ban from the sport.

Here is an excerpt from the feature:

Are you used to critical, hard questions?

Yes. And I’ve lived quite heavy years in that respect. Nowadays, most interviews are more or less calm.

I guess you’re referring to the Operacion Puerto years.

Yes. Nowadays it’s very easy for me to address that. The case is closed, the blood bags may be handed to the authorities, but there won’t be any revelations about me. I was banned on its day. I served my time. I haven’t got any reason to feel worried.

Was your sanction fair?

Well … I was given it, that’s it. I don’t know if it was fair or unfair. I just served my two years. I’ve forgot it. After that ban I’ve lived a completely new career as a cyclist, and I’ve enjoyed it quite a lot.

There aren’t footnotes to your victories anymore. No more doubts, no more questions about Puerto …

That was f***ed. That time between 2007 and 2010 … I faced lots of questions, a lot of troubles. “Will I be allowed to race the Worlds?” [His participation in Stuttgart 2007 was at stake until the day before the race – ed.] “Can I take part in the Tour de France this year?” [Pressures from different stakeholders almost left him out of the Tour several times – ed.] That was f***ed. Then my two-year ban happened.

After that, I’ve undergone a thousand antidoping tests and won a thousand races. I was a great rider before the ban and I’ve been even better after it. I think nobody doubts my performances anymore.

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