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Alejandro Valverde begins rehab after undergoing surgery

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde crashed out of the Tour de France on the first stage. Bryn Lennon/Getty Images

Having undergone surgery for a fractured kneecap and injuries to his tibia and gluteus, suffered during Saturday's first stage of the Tour de France, Movistar's Alejandro Valverde has started his rehabilitation.

Ion Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-Scott) also withdrew from the race after crashing during Saturday's time trial while Nicolas Roche (BMC), Dylan Groenewegen (Lotto) and Scott Thwaites (Dimension Data) all recovered from falls to start the second stage.

Valverde was taken by ambulance to hospital following his crash and was operated on for three hours. And just 36 hours later Valverde released a video on twitter which showed the 37-year-old undergoing initial rehab on his left leg.

The injury to Valverde has dented the Tour hopes of Movistar's team leader Nairo Quintana, who saw the Spaniard as a key part of his support team in trying to secure a first maillot jaune, having been on the podium three times.