Valverde has surgery after breaking collarbone
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.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press
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