Valverde: ‘I was afraid I’d never get the rainbow jersey, but this proves old cyclists can still win’

The 38-year-old had feared he may have missed his chance

Alejandro Valverde, winner of the 2018 World Championships road race (Image: Sunada)

Spain's Alejandro Valverde commented "old cyclists can still win" after he claimed the rainbow jersey in Innsbruck, sprinting ahead of Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) to world championship glory.

The 38-year-old added a rainbow jersey to a professional career spanning back to 2002, including a brief stop for a doping suspension.

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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.