Valverde completes comeback with Valencia victory

It was 215 days ago that Alejandro Valverde was splayed out on a rain-soaked road in Düsseldorf, his 2017 Tour de France over before the end of the stage 1 time trial and his kneecap shattered and talus bone broken by the impact of crashing into a metal barrier. Some thought his career was surely over, but the Spanish veteran put an end to any doubts of a comeback on Thursday by taking out a convincing victory in stage 2 of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana to claim the race lead.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1