DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Alejandro Valverde, a podium finisher in 2015, has crashed out of the Tour de France within the opening time trial on rain-slickened roads, dealing a blow to his teammate Nairo Quintana’s hopes of profitable the race.

Quintana had been relying on Valverde, a Tour veteran, to assist him overthrow defending champion Chris Froome of Crew Sky.

However the Movistar rider’s wheels slid from beneath him on a left-hand bend on the course in Duesseldorf on Saturday, sending him sliding onerous into steel obstacles.

The Tour introduced on its web site that Valverde was out of the race and had been taken away in an ambulance.

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