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Kiwi Jack Bauer out of Tour

Cannondale-Garmin's Bauer forced to abandon Tour after third crash in three days

AMIENS, France (AFP) — New Zealand’s Jack Bauer abandoned the Tour de France around 100km into Wednesday’s stage 5.

The 30-year-old 2010 national champion was caught up in a crash earlier in the day on the 189.5km run from Arras to Amiens.

Cannondale-Garmin’s Bauer also hit the tarmac on the chaotic stage 3 on Monday in which seven riders were forced out of the race after a pile-up involving around 20 people.

Bauer was the second rider to abandon on Wednesday, and ninth overall, after French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis).