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Vinokourov has surgery after Tour crash

Updated: July 11, 2011, 07:40

Alexande Vinokourov of Kazakhstan signs autographs prior to the start of the 8th stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 189 kilometers (117.5 miles) starting in Aigurande  and finishing in Super Besse Sancy, central France, Saturday July 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

THIEZAC, France (AP) Alexandre Vinokourov's Astana team says he had surgery after breaking his right thighbone in a mass crash that marred Sunday's ninth stage of the Tour de France.

The 37-year-old Kazakh star was one of several riders caught up in a pileup midway through the stage between Issoire and Saint-Flour in the Massif Central.

The Astana team leader flew off his bike and had to be helped up by teammates as he lay under a tree.

Vinokourov was flown by helicopter to La Pitie Salpetriere hospital in Paris, and had surgery Sunday night.

Astana said in a statement Monday that "it was a complex fracture'' and "the operation went well,'' adding that Vinokourov's wife is flying from Kazakhstan to visit him on Tuesday.

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