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French police investigating Tour de France crash

Updated: July 11, 2011, 11:57


SAINT-FLOUR, France (AP) French police are investigating the crash in which a Tour de France car sideswiped a group of riders, sending two of them flying off the road.

Police began interviewing witnesses and the driver whose car swerved into Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha and Dutch racer Johnny Hoogerland during Sunday's ninth stage, Jean-Pascal Violet, the public prosecutor for the town of Aurillac, said Monday.

Violet said investigators are acting quickly to interview anyone involved in the crash - if possible, the riders - before the Tour de France moves on and witnesses leave the area.

Team Sky rider Flecha was hit by a Tour television car trying to pass him on a narrow road, knocking him into Hoogerland.

Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford said Monday "all options are open'' as to how the team responds.

"We're working to establish exactly what the facts of the situation are, to really understand what the car was doing there,'' Brailsford told a news conference on the Tour's first rest day. "Having established the facts, we can then look at all the different options available to us. And we can then decide which ones we want to pursue.''

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Greg Keller can be reached at http://twitter.com/Greg-Keller

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