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Australian rider Matthew White will not take part in this year’s Tour de France after breaking his collarbone in a training accident in Liège on Saturday, his Cofidis team confirmed here Saturday.
White, who was previewing the 6.1km prologue course ahead of the start, is believed to have crashed into a rail which was covering some cables.
The 30-year-old team support rider, from Sydney, joined Cofidis with the hope of riding the big Tours, and especially the Tour de France after spending two years with Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal team and getting passed over for the Tour squad.
White’s crash means that only nine of the record ten Australians for this year’s race remain.
Cofidis has called on Belgian rider Peter Farazijn to replace White. The 34-year-old veteran was told he would have to drive from his home in Belgium and be ready to ride in White’s place at 17:14 local time.