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July 05, 2006

Valverde to refocus on Vuelta

procycling | Valverde now aiming for Vuelta

Caisse d'Epargne team leader Alejandro Valverde will make an unscheduled start in September's Vuelta a España, which must have organizers rubbing their hands together in glee.

The 26-year-old, knocked out of the Tour de France yesterday with a broken collarbone, went down when teammate Oscar Pereiro clipped his front wheel as other riders slowed ahead. George Hincapie apparently didn't realize the danger when he rode Pereiro's wheel to victory in Stage 15 of last year's Tour.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 5, 2006 in Alejandro Valverde, Vuelta a España | Permalink

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"The 26-year-old, knocked out of the Tour de France yesterday with a broken collarbone, went down when teammate Oscar Pereiro clipped his front wheel as other riders slowed ahead."

I think it's much more likely that Valverde clipped Pereiro's back wheel rather than the other way around. Anyone who's ridden paceline knows that the rider behind has a responsibilty to not overlap.

I'm very sorry to see Valverde knocked out, but I can't help but think it's mostly his own fault.

Posted by: Jim at Jul 5, 2006 8:04:23 PM