For Alejandro Valverde, the Vuelta a Espana came to an end on the seventh stage. The Spaniard fell and had to give up.
On the seventh section from Gandia over 152 kilometers to the mountain arrival in Balcon de Alicante, the 41-year-old veteran fell a good 40 kilometers before the finish. In a right turn, the Spaniard slipped away and missed the guardrails on the side of the road when he took off.
Valverde slid down a small slope, landed on an embankment. The Spaniard was able to prevent another crash.
The 41-year-old was finally able to climb onto the street with the help of a team-mate, but looked visibly drawn after his fall. The Movistar driver suffered abrasions and a shoulder injury. At first Valverde tried to continue the stage, but after a few meters he dismounted in tears.
Before the start of the stage, Valverde was fourth overall, 41 seconds behind leader Primoz Roglic.