The discharge of Alejandro Valverde when he is in Innsbruck to world champion to world champion was huge. The 38-year-old Spaniard let his tears run free. After six times on the podium at a world cup, he was allowed to finally sit on the top of the podium. “Unbelievable!”
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Alejandro Valverde was two times second at a world CHAMPIONSHIPS. In 2003, in Hamilton, he was beaten by Igor Astarloa and in 2005 in Madrid clashed he “Tommeke, Tommeke” Boonen said. Afterwards, he was still four times third: in 2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Furthermore, once fifth and once in ninth.
Immediately after the finish, burst he into tears: “This is unbelievable! I could count on a strong team who are all the time attentive driving. It was a long sprint and 200 metres, I knew that I had to go, that is my distance. It is a dream after years of those places.”
Not the oldest world champion
Valverde, however, is not the oldest world champion: with his 38 years and 158 days, he is just a little younger than the Dutchman, Joop Zoetemelk for 38 years and 172 days old when he in 1985 the rainbow jersey conquered.