The Movistar Team have confirmed that UCI Road World Champion Alejandro Valverde, one of their leaders for the 102nd Giro d’Italia – which starts next Saturday in Bologna – will not start the first Grand Tour of the season.

The team stated that the “Murcia native wasn’t able to recover in time from bone edema in his sacrum after a crash in one of the training sessions prior to Liège-Bastogne-Liège, on Thursday 25th April.”

Valverde will focus on his recovery and now aim for the second half of the season.


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