Alejandro Valverde debuts in gravel in a big way

On October 8, 2022, in Bergamo, Alejandro Valverde woke up with a different, special feeling. It was the last time he was going to wear a number as a professional runner at 42 years old. It was an end point to professional cycling, but far from his passion for cycling. “At the end of the day I am competitive, and I like gravel. It would be to enjoy.” The Murcian told AS at that time in the Italian town. 198 days after that, Valverde made his debut in a gravel race and, how could it be otherwise, prevailed. El Bala conquered La Indomable, a 100-kilometer test in Berja (Almería) that he did practically alone.

From the start, just after two kilometers, he set his pace and so on until the finish line. At the event there were active professional road racers such as Luis Ángel Maté (Euskaltel) and Felipe Orts (Burgos BH, and a banner of Spanish cyclocross). With Valverde continuing to maintain his training pace as if it were a normal season, the result was as expected: a forceful victory to get the new Movistar Team project off to a good start. The so-called Movistar Team Gravel Squad It was born to give the team a presence in this type of test and this does not end here, since Valverde will have another test in less than a week: The Traka, in Girona, on Saturday 29.

“Very happy with how the entire debut gravel weekend has gone. Thanks to the organization of La Indomable and the Movistar Team for their work on this new #MovistarTeamGravelSquad”, published the Murcian on social networks. The day before, he went to pick up his number, number 1, like any other runner. He put it in front of his handlebars, at the finish line he entered victorious and later took his medal. This week, on the 25th, he will be 43 years old. Valverde’s new life that has a simile with the ‘previous’: win.

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