Alejandro Valverde not thinking about that 2017 Tour crash heading into this year's race

The Spaniard looks in better form than ever after 11 victories already this year

Alejandro Valverde.

(Image credit: Yuzuru Sunada)

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is going into the 2018 Tour de France, starting on July 7, with the importance of the race on his mind, not a "special return" after breaking his leg on day one in 2017.

Valverde, 38-years-old, broke his leg in the opening time trial in Düsseldorf, Germany. However, he bounced back well in 2018 with the overall victory in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Abu Dhabi Tour, the Volta a Catalunya and this month, the Route d'Occitanie.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.