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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