Wiggins of Britain out of Tour de France
Updated: July 08, 2011, 12:19
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CHATEAUROUX, France (AP) British rider Bradley Wiggins has pulled out of the Tour de France after breaking his collarbone in a 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. He walked around in small circles, looking disoriented before leaving in an ambulance.
Sky team manager Dave Brailsford said Wiggins had broken his collarbone.
"The team is obviously devastated,'' Brailsford said.
The 31-year-old Wiggins had made a bright start to the race, helping his Sky team finish third in Sunday's team time trial. He was in sixth place overall.
Wiggins finished fourth in the 2009 Tour, his best finish, and had won the pre-Tour Dauphine Libere stage race to boost his confidence heading into the Tour.
Veteran American rider Christopher Horner also was caught as several riders went down in the crash, but the 39-year-old RadioShack rider was able to ride on.
Sprint ace Tyler Farrar, winner of Monday's third stage, also went down. But the Garmin-Cervelo rider seemed unharmed, getting back on the bike moments later.
The first week of the Tour has had several crashes, with three-time defending champion Alberto Contador of Spain fortunate to escape with minor cuts and bruises after crashing on Wednesday's fifth stage.