Alejandro Valverde Interview
“2008 is my best season till now.”
order to reach that goal, at least to try it one year.
You won the first stage of the Dauphiné, the first of the Tour, and the first of the Vuelta. How do you explain that?
I don’t know if there is an explanation, but I believe that the fact of winning immediately is a security which gives you a form of serenity in case things do not go the way you hoped in the following stages. What is won is won! I know that some riders consider the things differently and prefer to risk everything for the final win. It has not been my philosophy till now but maybe I should try it.
Which do you prefer, one day races or stage races?
The one thing is completely different from the other. It is a fact that I really like the classics because they give me the possibility to express myself and show that I am a puncher, but if I really had to chose between a victory in any one day race and a victory in a three stage race, I would chose the second option. Also because I really like to build a race day after day.
You received much critique after the 2008 World Championships. Do you think you deserve it?
It is a fact that in the World Championship the entire team made a general mistake, except for Joaquím Rodríguez and Juan Manuel Garate who both did a great job. Various factors went against us and our strategy was not the best one, but I was not guilty the way some people claimed. Everybody has a part of the responsibility for our failure.
Is it time for you to rest a little bit now?
Yes and I believe that I deserve it. I stopped racing the day after the World Championship and took part only in a few criteriums since then. As for now I am running a little bit every day and do some fitness now and then. In two weeks from now I will take my bike again, the mountain bike one in a first time. It is important to rest, most of all mentally for a while before starting training again on the bike.