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:


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


Mikel Astarloza (ESP) - elbow

Amets Txurruka (ESP) - right collarbone fracture


Tom Danielson (USA) - shoulder

Robert Hunter (RSA) - vertebrae

Ryder Hesjedal (CAN) - hematoma hip, left knee


Oscar Freire (ESP) - broken rib


Davide Vigano (ITA) - broken collarbone


Imanol Erviti (ESP) - right leg

Jose Ivan Gutierrez (ESP) - right knee


Maarten Wynants (BEL) - broken ribs, perforated lung


Anthony Delaplace (FRA) - broken wrist


Wouter Poels (NED) - broken ribs, injured spleen

Retirements prior to Friday:


Marcel Kittel (GER) - stomach virus


Jose Joaquin Rojas (ESP) - shoulder


Maarten Tjallingii (NED) - hip fracture


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

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