Valverde gets off the bike crying inconsolably

The 41-year-old from Murcia went around a curve and took a tremendous blow. He got up on his own foot, but had to withdraw. Day of many abandonments.


Alejandro Valverde has withdrawn from La Vuelta after suffering a terrible fall in the seventh stage of La Vuelta on the way to the Balcón de Alicante. The Murcian, who had attacked with cyclists like Carapaz to put the leader Roglic in check, had a problem in a corner and went straight. The bike made him a stranger, as if he had caught a pothole or if he had wanted to rectify the line, giving himself a tremendous blow. He got up on his own foot and was examined by the doctors, who gave him the OK to rejoin: they did not detect fractures or the need to apply the concussion protocol.

At first, the Movistar cyclist, very sore in his shoulder, even said that he could not continue. However, the veteran Spanish rider got back on the bike to try to continue in the race, although he was already far behind the leading group. Finally, the pain was excruciating and he could barely stay on the bike. When he finally got off, the directors of Movistar consoled him for having to leave the Spanish round in such a sad way.

He was not the only illustrious person who had problems on the day. Hugh Carthy, third-placed in La Vuelta 2020 and winner at Angliru, has left. Also Óscar Rodríguez, one of the Spaniards from Astana, got off his bike due to injuries suffered in a fall at the start of the round. The French Emanuel Morin, from the Cofidis team, and Mads Wurtz (Israel), others who said goodbye. Until this seventh day, only two cyclists had said goodbye: Alexander Cataford (Israel) and Frederik Frison (Belgium).

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