Gastroenteritis could stop Alejandro Valverde from starting in Strade Bianche
Feb 27 2018 01:53 pm CET

Gastroenteritis could stop Alejandro Valverde from starting in Strade Bianche
Gastroenteritis could stop Alejandro Valverde from starting in Strade Bianche
Photo of Alejandro Valverde © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde could miss Strade Bianche due to a gastroenteritis he is suffering just after his victory at the Abu Dhabi Tour.

The dream start of the season of the Spaniard could by hindered due to the stomach flu he contracted in the United Arab Emirates. "Alejandro came back (to Spain) from Abu Dhabi very tired and with symptoms of the beginning of a gastroenteritis," said the rider's representative Antonio Sanchez to the Spanish news agency EFE.

Valverde was set to go straight to the Spanish city of Castellon to pick up an award during the gala of the Spanish Sports Press Association. "It was planned that he would arrive in Valencia from Abu Dhabi and from there travel to Castellon," said the representative. "When he started feeling bad, he decided to go straight to Alicante, where his wife was waiting to take him home."

Valverde had already mentioned that several riders of the peloton, including some of Movistar, had gastroenteritis symptoms during the race due to the food of the country, Sanchez added.

Valverde will have mild training these days and following his recovery, he will decide what is the next step of his season. "Depending on the evolution of the stomach flu, we will know later in the week if he can start at Strade Bianche or if he will now turn his focus to the Volta a Catalunya, that will take place from the 19th to the 25th of March," Sanchez commented.




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