Alejandro Valverde: I thought my career was over
Jul 07 2017 02:02 am CET

Alejandro Valverde: I thought my career was over
Alejandro Valverde: I thought my career was over
Photo of Alejandro Valverde by Movistar Team

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde feared that his cycling career was over after his crash at the Tour de France's opening Time Trial. Now the rider looks forward to his recovery in Spain.

At the end of the week Valverde will leave the Hospital of Düsseldorf in which he underwent surgery on his kneecap and he is now in a better condition to discuss the moment of the crash. "Before I knew of the seriousness of my injuries, I knew it was very bad. The fence nailed in my leg, I thought my career was over," said the rider to the Spanish radio show Onda Cero.

"Now that I see how it is evolving, it seems like it's going to heal 100%. But I will have to work very hard. Considering how serious the injury is, it could have been worse."

The rider describes the moment of the fall and how his mind was confused for a moment then. "I realised how serious it was right on the spot, I looked down at my knee and I knew that there was something very bad. The kneecap was horrible. And then about four minutes after the fall I asked for the time I was setting in the time trial," Valverde explained.

The time needed for the Spaniard's recovery will be long, but he expects to come back in the same winning form he had during this season. "I will start riding the bike in about a month and a half, very slowly and softly. Then eight months later, they will remove the screws from my kneecap. I'm not in a hurry, I want to be good and come back to training at 100%."




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