Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team): “I needed this victory”
August 30 th 2019 - 19:18
First things first, I want to thank my team for its great work, and especially Nairo [Quintana] for his help on the final climb. We wanted to drop Primoz Roglic and Superman López, but they were very strong too and it just wasn’t possible. We’ve kept a good pace the whole time, and that helped me get this victory. I was confident I could win because I reckoned I was amongst the best four of the race. In my mind, maybe I needed this victory. Had I won or not, it would have been okay either way, but I had winning legs and I fancied victory today. I’m glad I’ve won in the rainbow jersey. There is a lot of Vuelta left, but it seems today’s top four are the strongest of the race at this point.