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Klöden and Kessler doubtful for Wednesday

Jan Ullrich's T-Mobile teammates Andréas Klöden and Matthias Kessler may not make it to the start line for the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, because of injuries the two sustained in crash on Tuesday. Klöden, runner-up in last year’s Tour, was involved with Kessler in a crash early in the stage held over 180.5km from Mourenx to Pau. It later emerged that Klöden has fractured a bone in his left wrist, and is unsure of starting Wednesday's 17th stage - at 239.5km the longest of the race and over undulating terrain. Klöden went on to finish the stage nonetheless, and

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By Agence France Presse

Jan Ullrich’s T-Mobile teammates Andréas Klöden and Matthias Kessler may not make it to the start line for the 17th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday, because of injuries the two sustained in crash on Tuesday.

Klöden, runner-up in last year’s Tour, was involved with Kessler in a crash early in the stage held over 180.5km from Mourenx to Pau.

It later emerged that Klöden has fractured a bone in his left wrist, and is unsure of starting Wednesday’s 17th stage – at 239.5km the longest of the race and over undulating terrain.

Klöden went on to finish the stage nonetheless, and so did Kessler, who is suffering from a concussion.