Olympic gold is the ultimate goal, says Alejandro Valverde

The Spaniard prepares to defend his world title in Yorkshire, but says gold in Tokyo next year is his biggest aim

Alejandro Valverde at the Amstel Gold Race 2019 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) has his sights on an Olympic gold medal in 2020 as his "ultimate goal" in a long career.

The 39-year-old Spaniard just placed second overall in the Vuelta a España 10 years after winning it. He lines up to defend his rainbow jersey in the World Championships on Sunday in Yorkshire.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.