Alejandro Valverde, at 38 years old, has been proclaimed today Sunday world champion of road cycling at the World Championship held in the Austrian city of Innsbruck. The Spanish cyclist has won the first rainbow jersey of his sporting career after an exciting sprint final against the French Romain Bardet, silver medal, and the Canadian Michael Woods, bronze medal.
Valverde has made his dream come true by finally winning the gold medal at the World Championships in Innsbruck. With this last triumph, he has won seven world medals: two silver medals (2003 and 2005) and four bronze medals (2006, 2012, 2013 and 2014). In addition to the rainbow jersey, the cyclist from Murcia becomes the fourth Spaniard to win the World Road Cycling Championship, as his compatriots Abraham Olano (1995), Oscar Freire (1999, 2001 and 2004) and Igor Astarloa (2003) did.
Alejandro Valverde takes the place of Peter Sagan, who has been world champion of the discipline for three consecutive years. "It's incredible, there are many years fighting and in the end it has been achieved. I have to thank the team for the effort, they have been vigilant. This victory is for the whole team, I'm speechless, I don't believe it. Many times I have been close, I had six medals, none of gold, and this in the end has been achieved. I knew I didn't have to fail, I couldn't do it for the people, who have always been with me", said an emotional Valverde after becoming world champion.