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Moncoutie abandons ‘final’ Tour after crash

SAINT-JEAN-DE-MAURIENNE, France (AFP) — Frenchman David Moncoutie (Cofidis) ended what was billed as his final Tour de France Friday after suffering injuries in a crash on the hilly 12th stage, organizers announced.
Moncoutie had been part of a morning breakaway but crashed on the descent of the Col du Grand-Cucheron, one of two Cat. 1 climbs inside the first 80km of the 226km stage — the longest in the race.
Moncoutie, 37, crashed on a bend while chasing a leading group and remained prone on the ground before being attended to by race medical staff.
Before his 11th Tour campaign Moncoutie had said it would be his final participation.

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