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Alejandro Valverde fires his “last bullet” — la última bala — this weekend at Il Lombardia.
Valverde will be a favorite for the fifth and final monument of the 2022 season, which will be the last for the Spanish star whose career started in 2002.
Valverde said he wouldn’t want to have it any other way in his last day in the saddle with Team Movistar.
“I leave cycling at the ideal moment, at my maximum level,” Valverde said in a media call . “I’ve only had such a high level on just a few occasions. I am retiring at the best time.”
The 42-year-old never won the Italian monument across his sometimes controversial career but finished second three times in 10 starts.
Also read: He’s hoping to end his professional racing days with one more victory, and he will bring winning form to the climb-heavy course Saturday between Bergamo and Como in northern Italy.Valverde pedals into Saturday’s adios hot off a string of top results, including second at Coppa Agostini, fourth at Giro dell’Emilia, and third at Tre Valli Varesine.“Now we have Lombardia on Saturday. If everything goes well then I will be one of the favorites,” Valverde said. “Of course, that depends on the race and how I’m feeling, but right now I feel like I can try to win the race. And […]