Alejandro Valverde will not race the Giro d'Italia due to injury

The Movistar team announced on Friday that the Murcian cyclist has not recovered in time from bone edema in the sacrum and will not take the start on May 11 in Bologna.

Alejandro Valverde will not take the start of the Giro d'Italia on May 11 in Bologna. The Movistar team announced this Friday that the current world champion "has not recovered at the pace he needed for bone edema in the sacrum" that occurred after a fall in a previous training to the Lieja-Bastoña-Liège dispute, where he was forced to abandon by the pain that dragged.

From the team point out that Valverde "will continue recovering without taking risks to resume in the next week its normal pace of activity and face with renewed energy the second part of its 2019 campaign ".

In this way Valverde, who had planned to return to the Corsa Rosa this season three years after his podium in the 2016 edition, will have to plan an alternate schedule for this second part of the season that could lead you to the Tour de France, a proof that did not fit into the plans of Murcia for this year. The Murcian cyclist himself has lamented in social networks his absence in the Giro. "It's a shame not to be able to finally go to a big race like the Giro, but you have to pay attention to the body and recover 100% to face the best possible the rest of the year. Good luck to my colleagues from Movistar in Italy".

La absence of Valverde is also a blow for Mikel Landa, who will be the leader of Movistar in the Giro and will have in Richard Carapaz his great support to fight for the general of the Corsa Rosa. Both Landa and Carapaz will have their last test in the Vuelta a Asturias (3-5 May) before leaving for Bologna to fight for the pink jersey.

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