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Feverish Valverde withdraws from Lombardy

Spaniard Alejandro Valverde will not be able to contest the final ProTour race of the season or challenge Australian Cadel Evans for the overall ProTour series on Saturday, his team announced Friday. The Caisse d'Epargne rider will miss the Tour of Lombardy due to a fever.

The rider from Murcia was set to board the plane to Italy on Friday morning, but instead let his team know that he was too ill to make the trip. The team will now start with just seven riders.

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.