Movistar’s Valverde hit by a car while training in Spain

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FILE – Spaniard Alejandro Valverde crosses the finish line in second place during the fifteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 191.3 kilometers (118.9 miles) with start in Céret and finish in Andorra la Vella, Andorra, Sunday July 11, 2021. The Movistar cycling team says Alejandro Valverde will spend a night in hospital under observation after he and another cyclist were hit by a car on Saturday July 2, 2022 while riding in southern Spain. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

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Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde will spend a night under observation in hospital after he and another cyclist were hit by a car on Saturday while training in southern Spain.

The Movistar team say Valverde, 42, had ‘no broken bones or serious injuries’ following the incident in Murcia on Saturday. The other cyclist – who has not been named – was fine, the team said.

“I want to thank everyone for their support and the good luck messages I received today,” Valverde wrote on his Instagram profile. “Luckily it was just a scare and I’m fine.”

The message accompanied a photo of the veteran pilot in a hospital bed doing the thumbs-up sign with what looked like dried blood visible on his fingers.

Spanish media said the driver of the car fled the scene.

Valverde is one of the best cyclists of his generation due to his ability to ride both three-week grand tours and one-day classics. He won the 2018 road world championship, the 2009 Spanish Vuelta and a host of shorter races.

He said this season would be his last.

Valverde is not taking part in the Tour de France which started on Friday. He plans to race the Vuelta from August.

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