Valverde Comeback Confirmed For La Route D'Occitanie

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

Alejandro Valverde will make his comeback this week at Route d’Occitanie after nearly two months away from racing, his Movistar team confirmed today. The world champion crashed during a training ride in the build-up to Liège-Bastogne-Liège at the end of April and suffered a bone edema - a build-up of fluid in the bone marrow - in his sacrum. He had been set to ride the Giro d’Italia in May but the injury forced him to change his calendar, and the Tour de France and Vuelta a España were added in. The Tour begins in Brussels on July 6 and, having not ridden the Critérium du Dauphiné or Tour de Suisse, Valverde’s preparation will come at the Route d’Occitanie, the four-day race in the south of France starting on Thursday. It’s a path that has worked for him in the past, as he won the race overall last year, winning ...

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