Chris Froome: Valverde's Worlds win shows age not as big a factor as people think

Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Chris Froome (Team Sky) has said that Alejandro Valverde’s victory in the 2018 World Championships has shown him that age does not have to matter in professional cycling. Valverde’s World Championship victory made him the second oldest rider to capture the rainbow jersey after Joop Zoetemelk, who was roughly six months older than Valverde when he won it in 1985. Froome will be 34 by the time he tackles the Tour de France - which, if he wins, would make him the fourth oldest winner of the Tour after Firmin Lambot, Henri Pelissier and Cadel Evans. He has previously been reported as saying he wants to retire at 38. “I still want to carry on for another few years that’s for sure, and seeing Valverde perform at the World Champs like he did last year can only give me motivation that age is not as big a factor as some ...

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