Alejandro Valverde has confirmed he will continue racing with the Movistar team in 2022, verifying claims made by the man himself in June and rescinding his January retirement announcement of this year.
“In 2022 I will continue,” the Spanish veteran told Eurosport Spain. “I have the strength and motivation to help or fight for victories.”
The announcement comes two weeks after the 41-year-old crashed into Vuelta a España when he was in fourth place overall. After slipping in a fast downhill turn and brushing up against disaster on the sandy embankment, the Movistar co-leader briefly climbed back up before stopping devastated.
The cover lingered on the Murcian as he was comforted by his team manager and friend Chente García Costa. The emotional scene at the time looked like the bitter and untimely end of a long and successful career.
He walked away with a broken collarbone that was operated on in a few days and a rib injury, but he was back on the trainer in no time.
“The recovery is going well; the ribs always bother me, ”he said. “In principle, I go back to Sicily, I think of Il Lombardia.
Before starting his 12th season with the Movistar team, Valverde is expected to reach his goal of Il Lombardia – a race he has never won but has finished third on three occasions – with a series of Italian races starting in the Tour. from Sicily at the end of September. .