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Alejandro Valverde to defy doctor's orders with potential race return in October

Joe Robinson
21 Aug 2017

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde aims to return to racing before the end of the season despite warnings from his doctors

Alejandro Valverde aims to make a return to racing this season at October's Tour of Guanxi, China, despite the warnings of his doctors and team.

Less than three months after his crash on Stage 1 of the Tour de France, Valverde will be looking to get back on the bike and begin training at home in Spain. The Spaniard then holds the intention to be on the start line in China on 19th of October. 

A report in Spanish newspaper El Periodico suggested that Valverde has been recovering quicker than first thought, yet say his team are still cautious to confirm a date for Valverde's return. Movistar are keen to see how the 37-year-old reacts to getting back on the bike before setting a return date in stone. 

The severity of the crash left some questioning whether the veteran rider would be able to return to racing yet these latest reports dispel any doubts surrounding Valverde's future. 

This return to racing will be breaking doctor's orders, who have reportedly advised Valverde to wait at least eight months before returning to racing. If he returns in October, it would have only been 4 months since his crash in Dusseldorf. 

It is also reported that Valverde has been tackling an intense rehabilitation programme at home in Murcia. With sessions both morning and night, the rehab has been working on both the kneecap and foot that broke in the crash. 

Despite Movistar's reservations, they will be eager to have Valverde return to full fitness soon. Valverde managed to take wins at Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Flèche Wallonne earlier this year, and is a vital rider in the grand tours whether in support of Nairo Quintana and Mikel Landa or in his own right. 

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