Alejandro Valverde's chances of starting in Giro d'Italia get slimmer: Things are getting complicated
May 03 2019 06:28 am CET

Alejandro Valverde's chances of starting in Giro d'Italia get slimmer: Things are getting complicated
Alejandro Valverde's chances of starting in Giro d'Italia get slimmer: Things are getting complicated
Photo of Alejandro Valverde © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

Alejandro Valverde's participation in the Giro d'Italia seems to be getting complicated as the days pass. The rider suffered a crash before Liege-Bastogne-Liege that left him with some consequences.

The crash left him with bone oedema in the sacrum and the pain caused by it is putting at risk his participation in the upcoming Corsa Rosa. "He still has pain," said Movistar director Eusebio Unzue to Spanish newspaper El Pais. "Things are getting complicated. If he's not going at 100%, he shouldn't go, because he's not going to get better there and it doesn't make any sense to retire or to suffer, he should go to enjoy and win.

"He is not going to win the race, we have Mikel Landa to attempt that, but Valverde should go to get stages and recognition. And physically he was prepared for that if it wasn't for that crash... He had better numbers than ever."

Valverde wanted to find in the Giro the victories that he hasn't been able to taste in the spring and to honour the rainbow jersey. "To be honest, the weight of the rainbow colours is getting too heavy for him," Unzue explained. "A person like Valverde demands a lot of himself and he feels responsible for showing off the colours, for being always on top to honour the title of World Champion, and this is getting too complicated for him."

The director of Movistar also commented that Nairo Quintana is currently preparing in Colombia for the Tour de France and he could get a new helper for his role as a leader. "Of course, if Valverde at the end gives up on the idea of starting in the Corsa Rosa, he will definitely be in the Tour."




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