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Evans doubts Tour start after collarbone break

Telekom’s Cadel Evans has been forced to withdraw from the Tour de France after breaking his collarbone in a fall during a race in Germany, his team announced on its website on Sunday. The 26-year-old rider took a heavy fall in a race in Erfurt on Saturday and fractured his collarbone for the second time in six weeks. Evans, who was tipped as a contender for the leading places in July's Tour, had said earlier on Sunday that his chances of recovering from his latest fall in time for the big race in France were not good. "The chances of riding the Tour now are pretty slim because it took me

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By VeloNews Interactive wire services, Copyright AFP2003

Telekom’s Cadel Evans has been forced to withdraw from the Tour de France after breaking his collarbone in a fall during a race in Germany, his team announced on its website on Sunday.

The 26-year-old rider took a heavy fall in a race in Erfurt on Saturday and fractured his collarbone for the second time in six weeks.

Evans, who was tipped as a contender for the leading places in July’s Tour, had said earlier on Sunday that his chances of recovering from his latest fall in time for the big race in France were not good.

“The chances of riding the Tour now are pretty slim because it took me five weeks to get back to race fitness after the last break and this time the fracture is worse,” he said.

Recalling the accident he added: “I hit the road hard and fell on my shoulder and head and fractured the bone in the same place as last time.”

Evans said it was not the end of the world if he missed out on this year’s race.

“If it turns out I can’t start then maybe I’ll focus on races later in the year and the World Championships (in Hamilton, Canada in October).”
Copyright AFP2003