Vinokourov has surgery after Tour crash
Updated: July 11, 2011, 07:40
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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.