Valverde opens the door to 2022 as resurgence continues with Flèche Wallonne podium

MUR DE HUY BELGIUM APRIL 21 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte of Spain and Movistar Team on arrival during the 85th La Fleche Wallonne 2021 Men Elite a 1936km race from Charleroi to Mur de Huy 204m FlecheWallonne on April 21 2021 in Mur de Huy Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
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Alejandro Valverde’s see-sawing retirement plans could be about to shoot back to a 2022 finish after the Spaniard’s resurgence continued with a seventh podium finish at La Flèche Wallonne

After a difficult 2020 campaign, Valverde seemed to dismiss any notion of extending his career beyond his current contract into 2022. However, he has never quite closed the door completely and nudged it ajar atop the Mur de Huy on Wednesday.

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Patrick Fletcher

Patrick is an NCTJ-trained journalist, and former deputy editor of Cyclingnews, who has seven years’ experience covering professional cycling. He has a modern languages degree from Durham University and has been able to put it to some use in what is a multi-lingual sport, with a particular focus on French and Spanish-speaking riders. Away from cycling, Patrick spends most of his time playing or watching other forms of sport - football, tennis, trail running, darts, to name a few, but he draws the line at rugby.