Alejandro Valverde abandons Vuelta a España after nasty fall on stage seven

The Movistar rider fell in the final 45km

Alejandro Valverde
(Image credit: Getty)

Alejandro Valverde suffered a nasty fall during stage seven of the Vuelta a España, subsequently abandoning the race.

The Spaniard had been on the offensive alongside Ineos' Richard Carapaz and as the riders hit a descent the Movistar man slid out, thankfully going through a gap in the barriers rather than hitting them at speed.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

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