Alejandro Valverde: «Not a revenge»

interview23.04.2014The race- Bastogne / Huy

Is this victory a revenge after the Amstel Gold Race?
ÔÇťIt isn't a revenge. I just wanted to win this race. I was already feeling good at the Amstel Gold Race when I finished fourth. To win is always difficult whether it's two times or not.
At the Amstel it was tough to beat Gilbert. He was motivated here too but so was I.

How do you compare your shape with 2006 when you won the Fleche a first time?
I have had great legs for the last few races. I'm an attacking rider so this kind of race suits me. But I really feel great since the beginning of the year, ever since my first race in Dubai.
Every year that goes I feel better. It's a question of maturity and experience. There's no secret, in this sport only work and training pays off.

What are you expecting for Li├Ęge?
For Li├Ęge there will be many contenders for victory. There's of course a dual between Gilbert and myself but many other riders can contend for victory. Around 15 men can win Li├Ęge. In Li├Ęge again it'll be tough to be beat Gilbert and it'll be a different story. But it's a race that I really like. The hills are longer and you have to focus on being well placed.

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