Movistar rider Alejandro Valverde spent the weekend in hospital after he was hit by a motorist in southern Spain. His Movistar team tweeted that the 42-year-old did not have any fractures or serious injuries but was dizzy afterwards, so he was sent to a nearby hospital for observation. His bike was completely destroyed.
Onlookers said that the incident began when the driver passed too close to Valverde and his group of riders. Following that, the group of cyclists yelled at the driver, who then allegedly stopped his car and backed into them.
The motorist, a 69-year-old man, fled the scene at first. However, upon learning that he had been identified by his license plate by another driver, he ultimately turned himself in.
Valverde later posted on Instagram that “luckily everything has been a scare and I’m fine.”
The former world champion said earlier this year that he will retire at the end of 2022.