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Wiggins of Britain out of Tour de France

Updated: July 08, 2011, 11:35

Bradley Wiggins of Britain waits to take the start of the seventh stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 218 kilometers (135.5 miles) starting in Le Mans and finishing in Chateauroux, central France, Friday July 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

CHATEAUROUX, France (AP) British rider Bradley Wiggins has pulled out of the Tour de France after getting caught in a big crash that took down several riders late in the seventh stage of the Tour de France.

Wiggins was one of about 20 riders caught near the back of the peloton with 23 miles to go in the 135-mile flat stage Friday from Le Mans to Chateauroux.

Wiggins, who was holding his left arm, grimaced in pain after the crash. Organizers announced Wiggins had pulled out several minutes later.

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