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Spanish rider Valverde has surgery on broken collarbone

August 21, 2021 GMT
FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, Spain's Alejandro Valverde crosses the finish line in second place during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.3 kilometers (118.9 miles) with start in Ceret and finish in Andorra-la-Vella, Andorra. Alejandro Valverde has undergone surgery on his collarbone that he broke during a crash that knocked him out of the Spanish Vuelta, his Movistar team said Saturday Aug. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, Spain's Alejandro Valverde crosses the finish line in second place during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.3 kilometers (118.9 miles) with start in Ceret and finish in Andorra-la-Vella, Andorra. Alejandro Valverde has undergone surgery on his collarbone that he broke during a crash that knocked him out of the Spanish Vuelta, his Movistar team said Saturday Aug. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, Spain's Alejandro Valverde crosses the finish line in second place during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.3 kilometers (118.9 miles) with start in Ceret and finish in Andorra-la-Vella, Andorra. Alejandro Valverde has undergone surgery on his collarbone that he broke during a crash that knocked him out of the Spanish Vuelta, his Movistar team said Saturday Aug. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

MADRID (AP) — Alejandro Valverde has undergone surgery on his collarbone that he broke during a crash that knocked him out of the Spanish Vuelta, his Movistar team said Saturday.

The 41-year-old Valverde crashed on a descent during Friday’s seventh stage of the Grand Tour. He fell hard on his right shoulder before sliding off the road. He tried to continue but minutes later withdrew from the race.

Valverde is one of cycling’s most accomplished and versatile performers. The Spaniard won the world championship in 2018, the Vuelta in 2009 and several single-day events.

Valverde had started Friday’s stage fourth in the general classification. Movistar will now focus its efforts on leader Enric Mas and Miguel Ángel López as it tries to catch race leader Primoz Roglic.

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