Cycling: Pedro Delgado asks for calm: “We want the champion right away, but everything has its times”

Ethe excyclist Pedro Delgadowinner of a Tour (1988) and two Vueltas (1985 and 1989), this Monday asked for calm in the face of the impatience of the media and sponsors to find a new Spanish champion.

There is an impatience “to remember the exploits of cyclists of the past with those of now” but the cycles of maturity “are marked by the rider himself,” Delgado warned journalists after participating this Christmas Day in Segovia in the traditional Race. del Pavo for bicycles without chain. “We want the champion right away but everything has its times. Pogacar is still a kid and has an incredible track record like Vingegaard,” he added before emphasizing that everything is cycles: “Just like we have had cycles in Spain in which we have boasted of great champions, now we are going through a transition,” he said.

The year 2023 has marked “a transition for the new generation of Spanish runners”, stated the Segovian champion before citing young talents such as Juan Ayuso and Carlos Rodríguezas the Enrique Masnot without underlining the importance of finding a replacement for legendary figures such as Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde.

Looking at the future

In relation to the 2024 Olympic Games, the double winner of the Vuelta a España has stated that the Paris circuit “is not the most suitable” for the profile of Spanish cyclists, despite which in his opinion lex Aranburu and Iván Garca treasures a potential competitor for the test. Pedro Delgado has also referred to the characteristics of the three great stage rounds that have already presented their respective 2024 editions, with the Vuelta as the main protagonist” thanks to its numerous mountain finishes.

On the other hand, he highlighted the growth of women’s cycling in 2023 and the news that the Giro will organize its own competition for the women’s category “which was previously carried out by a third-party organization”, and that it will be equal to its counterpart in the Tour and Vuelta.


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