Commotion in the Movistar

The Spanish team receives a emotional blow with the abandonment of Alejandro Valverde: "Everything changed in a second", emphasize the teammates.


"In a second, everything changed", Imanol Erviti lamented at the Balcón de Alicante goal about the fall that, 50 kilometers before, had left Alejandro Valverde out of La Vuelta. The Navarrese, squire in a thousand battles of Murcia, He highlighted when his Movistar partner had gone down. "We were in the fight, Alejandro had made a very good move and who knows ...", he recalled.

Y is that the loss of the 41-year-old cyclist, the absolute reference of the telephone training that was also fourth in the general, hurt. This was evident in the serious gesture of his companions on the Balcony of Alicante. “His presence always gives us a lot of tranquility and security. He has a lot of experience and transmits confidence ”, valued Miguel Ángel López. A day in which Valverde was also the great asset. "I was on the run to help him," confirmed Carlos Verona, who finished second and was unable to give him the victory. “My objective in the escape was to wait for Valverde to attack. When he fell, there was a lot of confusion ... Then, when it was confirmed that he was retiring, I asked the team for permission to fight for the stage win. I tried to surprise, and I almost succeeded, except for Storer ”, explained the Madrilenian.

A day of emotions for the Spanish team, as could be seen in the hug of the director Chente García Acosta to a Valverde in tears when it was confirmed that he could not continue. “In the end, Alejandro is a mirror in which to look at ourselves, and to Enric Más or Miguel Ángel López his presence gives them a lot of peace. We are still warm and we will have to assess how its withdrawal affects us, ”explained Verona. The best news was that it seemed at first that the Murcian was not seriously injured. In fact, in the race, the doctors gave him the go-ahead to continue by checking that he had nothing broken and that he did not have to apply the concussion protocol either. But the painful injuries barely allowed him to stay on the bike.

Radiological tests performed once he was evacuated to the hospital confirmed the absence of fractures. It did have to undergo cures for its numerous erosions. "The best news will be when we see him on the bike again," said Imanol Erviti. In fact, during the Tour, Valverde already confirmed to AS that his intention was to continue one more season, at 42 years old. After this accident that leaves him out of his favorite career, it seemed clear within the team that he was going to continue. This is how Verona put it: “I don't think he wants to retire like this. It seems that the first tests say that it is nothing serious. We hope to see you in 2022 ”.

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