Valverde crashes out as Thomas takes time trial — Tour de France

Alejandro Valverde had surgery on broken kneecap after he crashed during opening time trial

Alejandro Valverde suffered a broken knee cap in the crash that ended his Tour de France on stage one, Movistar have said.

The 37-year-old was taken to a hospital in Dusseldorf on Saturday after he came down hard on a slippery bend in miserable wet conditions during the opening stage 14km time-trial in Germany.

Alejandro Valverde has had successful surgery on a broken kneecap after crashing on the opening day of the Tour de France - and will need a few months to recover, his Movistar team have confirmed.

The victory will be extra sweet for Thomas, who was given the chance to lead Sky in the first grand tour of the year but saw his dream of winning the Giro ended by a freak crash caused by a police motorbike at the end of the first week.

Thomas showed brilliant bike-handling as he finished in 16 minutes 04 seconds, five seconds ahead of BMC's Swiss rider Stefan Kueng, who was two seconds ahead of Kiryienka in third.

Valverde hurt himself as he pushed hard during wet and slippy opening time trial in Dusseldorf
Valverde hurt himself as he pushed hard during wet and slippy opening time trial in Dusseldorf

Valverde was expected to play a pivotal role in helping twice runner-up Quintana in his bid to defeat reigning champion Chris Froome during the Tour's mountain stages.

Froome, the last rider out, was 12 seconds slower than Thomas but significantly quicker than his main GC rivals.

Eurosport is the home of the Tour de France. "I didn't believe it was going to happen", he said.

A Movistar representative, assessing the severity of the injuries at the time of the incident, said: 'The most difficult thing is the kneecap seems to be broken, and then because of the crash against the wall, there is a deep cut in the leg.

"It's a bit disappointing". That's how it is. "Thirty or 40 seconds can be lost there".

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