Frac­tured kneecap shelves Valverde

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

Span­ish vet­eran Ale­jan­dro Valverde sus­tained a bro­ken kneecap in a crash that knocked him out of the Tour de France on Satur­day, his Mo­vis­tar team said.

Valverde’s de­par­ture could have a ma­jor im­pact as he was due to help Mo­vis­tar’s Colom­bian leader Nairo Quin­tana in the moun­tains.

The 37-year-old Valverde, who was third over­all two years ago, came down hard on a slip­pery bend in wet con­di­tions dur­ing Satur­day’s open­ing stage 14km time trial.

Bri­ton Geraint Thomas won the stage and will wear the leader’s yel­low jersey in Sun­day’s sec­ond stage from Dusseldorf, Germany, to Liege, Bel­gium.

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