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Friday, 7 July, 2000, 10:40 GMT
O'Grady pulls out of Tour
Stuart O'Grady
O'Grady (centre) during this year's Tour
Top Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady has withdrawn from the Tour de France with a broken collarbone.

The Credit Agricole rider sustained the injury in a fall on Thursday's sixth stage between Vitre and Tours.

He finished the stage more than 20 minutes down on the leader, but x-rays afterwards revealed that he had broken bones.



It's a tough blow for him and the team, but Stuart should be fit again for the Olympics
  Roger Legeay
O'Grady left by car for Bordeaux to undergo further examinations, but his French team said he would be fit for the Sydney Olympics.

"Surgery may be needed," Credit Agricole sporting director Roger Legeay admitted.

"It's a tough blow for him and the team, but Stuart should be fit again for the Olympics."

O'Grady, 26, won a stage in the 1998 Tour and wore the leader's yellow jersey for several days.

He was runner-up in last year's green points jersey and had been targeting same competition this year.

Last autumn the Australian was involved in a serious mugging incident near his French home in Toulouse.

The attack left him with a head injury and blood clots which disrupted his build-up to this season.

Nevertheless he still finished runner-up in January's Tour Down Under, a major international event in his home city of Adelaide, which he won in 1999.

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