Valverde returns to train after the scare

Alejandro Valverde leaves to train first thing in the morning, yesterday. / ROS CAVAL / AGM

The cyclist, who was run over on Saturday when he was riding a bicycle, is very recovered and wants to reach the top of the Vuelta a España

Alejandro Valverde is made of another pasta. Just two days after the romp he suffered on Saturday, after being hit by a car when he was training with other cyclists, the one from Las Lumbreras is already cycling again. He does not want his last active season as a professional cyclist to be twisted and he has already set to work to prepare his next commitments, in which he wants to enjoy the sport in which he has been the great Spanish protagonist in recent years. .

Valverde himself sent a reassuring message on Saturday from the hospital room in La Arrixaca where he was admitted after the incident: “Everything has been a scare and I’m fine,” he said.

The Movistar rider, with some scratches and discomfort on his buttock, is recovering from injuries at home and will be available to compete in the Vuelta a España which starts on August 19 in the Dutch city of Utrecht. What is not so clear is that he will start in the Clásica de Ordizia, on the 25th. The test that it does seem that he will run before facing the Vuelta is the Clásica de San Sebastián, a test in which Valverde I feel very comfortable. He has won it twice [2008 y 2014]has been second once and two others crossed the finish line in third position.

The detainee for running over the Murcian cyclist and his companions last Saturday on the road between Javalí Nuevo and Alcantarilla declared before the head of the Investigating Court number 3 of Murcia, on duty. Cristóbal, 69, a resident of the district of La Ñora and a retired Civil Guard, presented his version of what happened that Saturday morning to the judge.

Around 12:30 p.m., the man was traveling in his car, a Citroën, Xsara model, along with his wife and sister-in-law, on the RM-560, when he met a group of about twenty cyclists. He waited several minutes behind the group until he saw the moment to pass the athletes.


He did it, indicate sources close to the accused, occupying the entire opposite lane to leave the safety distance. Upon completing the maneuver and returning to the lane in the direction of travel, some of the cyclists rebuked and insulted him. Cristóbal stopped to ask the reason for the insults and, according to him, the athletes began to throw bottles of water at the car, causing damage to the bodywork and windows.

When he resumed the movement of the vehicle to flee and prevent them from continuing to throw objects at him and be attacked, “I was able to destabilize one of them from the bike and that is why they fell to the ground, but I did not reverse the car or run over anyone,” he said.

What was reported by the defendant, which is confirmed by the lawyer who defends him, Ariane Santiago, is far from what those affected by the outrage said. According to reports, the vehicle deliberately rammed the cyclists after stopping and reversing, running over some runners, including Alejandro Valverde and his friend Pedro Moya. A motorist who saw the entire sequence went after the car and photographed the license plate. But it was not necessary to establish a search device, since the former civil guard turned himself in early on Saturday afternoon at the Murcia Local Police headquarters in La Alberca. From there, he was transferred to the Carmen district police station, where he testified before the agents, to whom he offered the same testimony as the one he gave in court.

The magistrate investigating the case understands that, although there are indications of a possible crime against road safety, injuries and abandonment of the scene of the accident, “it is not appreciated that the requirements that would justify provisional detention, such as risk of escape, concealment or destruction of evidence or prevent criminal repetition. She also agreed to the intervention of the vehicle she was driving and the precautionary withdrawal of her driving license.

released with charges

The accused, who was stationed for several years in the Basque Country and also worked for a time as an assistant at the Murcia Institute of Legal Medicine, was released on Monday with charges after testifying before the head of the Court of Instruction number 3 of the Murcian capital , who imposed the obligation to appear on the 1st and 15th of each month and ordered the withdrawal of the driver’s license and the intervention of the vehicle when noticing signs of a possible crime against road safety, injuries and abandonment of the scene of the accident.



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