Alejandro Valverde abandons Vuelta a España after Nasty Crash

Movistar rider came off at high speed on a descent on Stage 7 and fell into a ravine after hitting a bump in the road

Alejandro Valverde abandons Vuelta a España after Nasty Crash

Riding alongside Ineos' Richard Carapaz on a fast descent his front wheel seemed to slide out, going through a gap in the barriers and sliding down a ravene.

The crash occured in the final 45km of stage 7, with reports he hit a bump in the road and lost control of his bike.

The 41-year-old got climbed out of the ravene and received medical checks.

Astonishingly, Valverde climbed back on his bike, looked after by team-mates, looking to be getting back into the race.

However he soon came to a stop again and climbed off, abandoning his home Grand Tour in an emotional stage.

Movistar confirmed, "After receiving the OK from the race doctor, and after covering a few kilometers with several of his team-mates, Valverde is forced to abandon."

Valverde was the second high-profile abandon on stage seven of the Spanish Grand Tour, as last year's third-place overall Hugh Carthy climbed off after being dropped by the peloton.

The Spaniard was taken to a hospital in Alicante where initial scans didn't reveal any fractures but further examinations took place due to the amount of pain he was in.

A scan then revealed he had broken his collarbone and Valverde will now have an operation to fixed his right clavical. 

 
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