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Cyclist Eijssen injured in 'freak accident'

Updated: October 07, 2011, 10:22

BEIJING (AP) Belgian cyclist Yannick Eijssen has been forced out of the Tour of Beijing after an accident apparently caused by a billboard loosened by a low flying helicopter.

The accident occurred during the third stage of the race Friday around the Chinese capital.

The 22-year-old Eijssen, who rides for the BMC Racing team, suffered a fracture to a small bone beneath his nose in what race organizers called a "freak accident.''

A notice on the event's official website said organizers were investigating reports that a television helicopter forced billboards on to the course. A television motorcycle was also involved in the accident, but no other riders were affected.

The race ends Sunday at the Bird's Nest stadium in northern Beijing.

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