Alejandro Valverde confident of form ahead of World Championships title defence

The Spaniard comes into the Yorkshire race with fine legs, having finished runner-up at the recent Vuelta a España

Alejandro Valverde (Oscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Reigning world champion Alejandro Valverde is relaxed ahead of his title defence at the Yorkshire World Championships. In many ways, the rainbow bands in Innsbruck last year capped off a career that has seen the Spaniard win the overall at the Vuelta a España, stage wins in all three Grand Tours, as well as a truckload of Classics.

However, at 39 years old he has just ridden to second at this year's Spanish Grand Tour, finishing only a couple of minutes off Slovenia's Primož Roglič, which would suggest Valverde isn't done quite yet.

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