Monday, 11 July 2011

Tour de France 2011: Car thrown off race after crash

Tour de France organisers threw a television car off the race after it sent two riders flying across the road on a crash-marred ninth stage.

The car hit Team Sky's Juan Antonio Flecha as it overtook, while Dutchman Johnny Hoogerland fell into a fence.

"They caused the crash of both riders. This behaviour is intolerable," said Tour director Christian Prudhomme.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler took the leader's yellow jersey after the stage, won by Luis-Leon Sanchez.

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