Valverde re-opens possibility of adding extra year to career

JEBEL JAISON UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FEBRUARY 25 Alejandro Valverde of Spain and Movistar Team during the 3rd UAE Tour 2021 Stage 5 a 170km stage from Fujairah Marine Club to Jebel Jaison 1489m First Hairpin 478m UAETour February 25 2021 in Jebel Jaison United Arab Emirates Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Alejandro Valverde at the UAE Tour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Alejandro Valverde has revived the possibility that he may yet race on into 2022 with Movistar, saying it will depend on how the race calendar unfolds in the rest of this season.

A professional since 2002, Valverde had previously promised to pull down the curtain on his already very lengthy career following a fifth and final participation in the Olympics this summer and a last Vuelta a España in the autumn.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.