The Spanish cyclist and number one in the UCI ranking, David Valero (BH Templo Cafés), started this Wednesday his first training session of the year in Sierra Nevada, where he stressed that he has the challenge of qualifying for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ahead of him, a goal that “motivates” and “excites” him.

“The next goal that motivates me the most and excites me the most is the Olympic Games in Paris. Being able to represent Spain and try to fight for a medal is what motivates us,” said the cyclist in statements to the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation.

The Olympic medalist and World runner-up faces the new year with “excitement” and “desire” to get good results in the first tests. “We started 2023 with enthusiasm, with desire, working, making a first concentration to be able to face the first tests in Spain. We want to continue getting points for the Paris 2024 qualifier,” he said.

The man from Granada also recalled his triumphs in 2022 and spoke of his good form. “I am getting the best results of my entire career. This 2022 I got my first victory in a World Cup, taking second place in the Les Gets World Cup, which was the goal that motivated me the most in 2022 after having achieved the medal in Tokyo,” he added.

Lastly, the 34-year-old ‘biker’ thanked the support of the ‘Team Spain’ program of the Higher Sports Council (CSD). “Thanks to the help of the CSD and the Team Spain program, we are carrying out this concentration, which is very important to start this 2023. I am going to do more than twenty days at altitude, which are very good for me to start the season,” he said. he.

“Here I maintain the base of the preseason with two days in the gym, two days of technique with the mountain bike and increasing the volume of road doing bottom. Also taking advantage of the ports to do some longer runs. But above all, taking advantage of the facilities of the CAR, the height and the tranquility”, he concluded.