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by Neal Rogers
July 3, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Marcel Kittel wins Stage 2 field sprint in Liège, Thomas stays in maillot jaune; Hannah Barnes wins Stage 3 sprint at Giro Rosa; van der Breggen retains GC lead; Durbridge abandons Tour de France due to ankle injury from Stage 1 crash; Successful surgery for Valverde, recovery to take months; Nightmare Grand Départ for Tony Gallopin: House robbed, car stolen, TT crash; Viviani could leave Sky before Vuelta a España.
Alejandro Valverde underwent a successful surgery Saturday night at Düsseldorf’s University Hospital to repair injuries sustained in his race-ending crash on the opening time trial of the 2017 Tour de France. The operation not only consisted on repairing his most serious fracture — the kneecap of his left leg — but also closed two wounds at his tibia and gluteus. The talus fracture in his left ankle did not require any care.
Surgery started just before midnight and lasted three hours. Valverde will stay in Germany for at least two more days before returning to Spain to start his recovery, which is expected to take a few months.