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Cycling - Valverde has successful surgery on broken kneecap - team
July 2, 2017 / 11:30 AM / 5 months ago

Cycling - Valverde has successful surgery on broken kneecap - team

DUESSELDORF, Germany (Reuters) - Alejandro Valverde had successful surgery on a broken kneecap after this crash on Saturday’s opening day of the Tour de France and will need a few months to recover, his Movistar team said on Sunday.

Cycling - The 104th Tour de France - Team presentation ahead of the weekend's start - Duesseldorf, Germany - June 29, 2017 - Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde of Spain leaves the stage following the official team presentation. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

“Alejandro Valverde successfully underwent surgery last night at Duesseldorf’s University Hospital to fix some of the injuries sustained in his race-ending crash,” Movistar said in a statement.

“The operation not only consisted on healing his most serious fracture -- the kneecap of his left leg -- but also took care of and closed two important wounds in Alejandro’s tibia and gluteus.”

The 37-year-old Valverde, who was to be Colombian Nairo Quintana’s key team mate in the three-week race, crashed into a safety barrier during Saturday’s opening time trial.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Clare Fallon

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