Alejandro Valverde says there's 'room for surprise left' as he continues racing into his forties

The former world champion admits it will be hard to win Il Lombardia next after finishing runner-up for the third time in 2019

Alejandro Valverde at Il Lombardia 2019 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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As his 2019 season comes to a close, Alejandro Valverde has said there "might be some room for surprise left" as he looks towards racing into his forties.

The Movistar rider will turn 40 in April next year and recently renewed his contract with the team to take his career through to at least 2021. The Spaniard finished runner-up at Il Lombardia for the third time in his career yesterday, and although he admits it will get harder for him to continue fighting for major victories he says his longevity at the top of the sport is a reason not to rule him out going forward.

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