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Valverde has surgery after breaking collarbone

7/6/2006

CAEN, France -- Top rider Alejandro Valverde underwent
surgery after breaking his right collarbone during a crash in the
third stage of the Tour de France.

The 26-year-old Spaniard was operated on Wednesday in Vega,
Spain, his Illes Balears team said Thursday.

Valverde was tossed Tuesday after plowing into a teammate's
wheel when the pack of riders slowed sharply. He had been
considered a contender to win the Tour following seven straight
victories by now-retired Lance Armstrong.