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Your Wednesday Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

August 23, 2017

In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Trentin wins stage 4 of the Vuelta a España; Viviani wins stage one of the Tour du Poitou-Charentes; De Buyst sprints to victory in GP Stad Zottegem; Majka loses more time, Vuelta GC challenge is over; Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season; Quick-Step Floors signs Michael Morkov, extends with Devenyns; Gary Sutton takes up key track role with USA Cycling; Silca Tattico Bluetooth pump measures tire pressure with your smartphone; Seven Cycles introduces MATADOR gravel fork; Video: Chris Froome press conference after Vuelta a España stage 4

Valverde returns to road training, aiming to compete again before end of season

by Shane Stokes

Alejandro Valverde has shrugged off the concerns of the doctors who treated him after he crashed out of the Tour de France, returning to training on the road ahead of schedule. A video snippet posted on Tuesday apparently showed him riding up a drag, while another showed him on his indoor trainer.

Valverde crashed heavily during stage one of the Tour and suffered a fractured left kneecap and Talus bone. He underwent an operation to aid his recovery, but both doctors and his team expected him to be off the bike for the remainder of the season. In fact, doctors reportedly indicated that he should wait eight months before returning to racing.

However, according to El Periodico, the Spaniard is instead aiming for the Tour of Guanxi in China in October, and was allowed to return to training on Monday. The Guanxi race begins on October 19, just over two months away, but the team is still cautious.

It wants to determine how his body is coping with training and to ensure that no injuries or strains flare up. However El Periodico states that it doesn’t oppose the possibility of him racing there. In order to return as soon as possible, Valverde has been doing twice-daily physiotherapy sessions, morning and afternoon. Thus far he is far ahead of the original schedule and will continue working in order to return this season.

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