World champion Alejandro Valverde plans to race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Spaniard was crowned the second oldest road race world champion on Sunday, but is already looking to the future

Alejandro Valverde hopes to ride Olympic road race in 2020
Photo : Yuzuru SUNADA

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

The new world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) says he wants to race until the 2020 Tokyo Games, when he will be 40 years old.

Valverde, 38, became the second oldest road race world champion when he won in Innsbruck, Austria, on Sunday, ahead of Frenchman Romain Bardet and Canadian Michael Woods.

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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.