Old hand Valverde ready for cycling world title defence

HARROGATE, United Kingdom (AFP) – Established stars Peter Sagan and Alejandro Valverde face a potential generational shift today as the 2019 world cycling championships wrap up with an epic men’s elite road race between Leeds to Harrogate.

The 2019 cycling season has been lit up by youthful riders. Egan Bernal won the Tour de France at 21. Tadej Pogacar finished third at the Vuelta at 20. Remco Evenepoel came second here in the time-trial at just 19.

At the other end of the age scale is Valverde. The seasoned 39-year-old, is on flying form for the defence of his title despite giving flat-out performances at the Tour de France and the Vuelta, his Movistar team boss Eusebio Unzue told AFP.