Injured Hunter pulls out of TDF

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TDF_crash AP The crash on stage six of the Tour de France.

La Planche des Belles Filles, France – A reduced peloton of 182 riders, from 198 starters, began the seventh stage of the Tour de France Saturday a day after a mass pile-up on Friday led to 12 abandons and many riders nursing injury and severe road rash.

Frenchman Anthony Delaplace retired after 44 km of racing in Saturday's 199 km stage to the first hilltop finish due to the pain of a fractured wrist.

Following is a list of the retirements and reasons for retirement:

AG2R

Hubert Dupont (FRA) - sprained ankle, vertebrae and radius

Euskaltel

Mikel Astarloza (ESP) - elbow

Amets Txurruka (ESP) - right collarbone fracture

Garmin

Tom Danielson (USA) - shoulder

Robert Hunter (RSA) - vertebrae

Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) - hematoma hip, left knee

Katusha

Oscar Freire (ESP) - broken rib

Lampre

Davide Vigano (ITA) - broken collarbone

Movistar

Imanol Erviti (ESP) - right leg

Jose Ivan Gutierrez (ESP) - right knee

Rababank

Maarten Wynants (BEL) - broken ribs, perforated lung

Saur-Sojasun

Anthony Delaplace (FRA) - broken wrist

Vacansoleil

Wouter Poels (NED) - broken ribs, injured spleen

Retirements prior to Friday:

Argos-Shimano

Marcel Kittel (GER) - stomach virus

Movistar

Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP) - shoulder

Rabobank

Maarten Tjallingii (NED) - hip fracture

Sky

Kanstantsin Sivtsov (BLR) - tibia fracture – Sapa-AFP


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