On the occasion of the 41st Clasico in the history of San Sebastian, which started this Saturday, Alejandro Valverde was received as a lord. Double winner of the Donostian classic, in 2008 and 2014, one would think he has just equaled the record of Marino Lejaretta, who won the race three times, including the first edition (1981, 1982, 1987). In reality, the 42-year-old Murcian has been better known throughout his career, who will retire at the end of the season.
“He will be missed by Spanish cycling”
Very calm, the Spaniard received a Basque beret from the organizers of the race, Oceta (Euskadi Cycling Organisation), to which there were thanks in Spanish and Basque (“Eskerrick Asco” means ” Thanks a lot “). Marino Lejaretta did not miss to congratulate the world champion of 2018. “He’s a great champion. praised the 1982 Vuelta winner before the start. He performed at a great level for a very long time. He will be missed by Spanish cycling”.
After the Arresku, a traditional Basque dance, the question of a potential victory on Saturday quickly arose. “It’s going to be complicatedadvised Marino Lejaretta. Even if Alejandro is a high class runner, I see more like Michael Matthews. This is my favorite. Of course there is also Pogacar and Evenepoel. » However, in San Sebastián, judging by the ecstatic crowd that was electrified when Valverde stepped forward to receive his gift, we dream of seeing him raise his arms on Boulevard Zumardía around 5pm.