Valverde to miss Tour de Suisse after illness

Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa.

Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa will lead the Movistar team at the Tour de Suisse but Alejandro Valverde will not line-up alongside his fellow team leaders after a cold hampered a key moment of his training at altitude. Valverde has revealed he will miss the Tour de Suisse and instead ride the much easier and much shorter La Route d'Occitanie – formerly known as the Route du Sud - between June 14-17. He neither confirms or denies that he will ride the Tour de France . "After several days of struggling with a bit of a cold, we've decided with the team to return to racing at the Route d'Occitanie. We will continue to work and face an exciting second part of the season," Valverde wrote on social media. Quintana, Landa and Valverde had been expected to ride together as Movistar's Grand Tour dream team but they will now ride ...

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