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by Shane Stokes
October 10, 2017
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Telling the Spanish El Pais newspaper that he is already doing 700 kilometres per week training, just over three months after severe injuries ended his Tour de France, Alejandro Valverde has laid out his goals for 2018 and revealed that he wants to miss next year’s Tour.
“I’m doing great,” he said. “I do 700 kilometers a week training. In the training group, who know me very well, they tell me that I am as strong as before. And I want to check it in the race. I’m impatient.” Valverde had hoped to ride Milano-Torino last week but his team finally decided not to bring him, preferring that he wait until next season before racing.
Looking ahead, he declares that he wants to give July’s big race a miss. “With the signings that the team has made this year, with [the incoming Mikel] Landa, with Nairo [Quintana] there … I do not want the Tour. I think next year what I have to do is dedicate more to doing the Giro, Vuelta and the worlds. Next year, the world championships is really tough, very tough.”
Valverde accepts that others may have a say in what he does, but he makes clear his preference. “If the boss, Eusebio [Unzue], tells me, ‘make the calendar,’ I would say, Classics, Giro, Vuelta a España and worlds.
“Why? I have few opportunities left to win the World Cup. I have six medals, but no gold. And in Innsbruck it’s very, very hard. And if all goes well … Well, let’s see how I have recovered from this injury to the knee. Everything is going well for now, but until you do not start running and you see there, you do not know…”
Click through to read more at El Pais.