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Injured Andy Schleck out of Tour de France - reports
June 13, 2012 / 10:17 AM / 5 years ago

Injured Andy Schleck out of Tour de France - reports

(Reuters) - Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck is pulling out of the Tour de France due to injury, local media reported on Wednesday.

<p>Radioshack team rider Andy Schleck of Luxembourg climbs a hill during the 196 km Brabantse Pijl/Fleche Brabanconne cycling race in Overijse, near Brussels April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir</p>

Luxembourg media reported that Schleck, who was handed the 2010 Tour de France title after original winner Alberto Contador failed a drugs test, had suffered a sacral fracture in his lower spine.

Schleck, who was second overall in last year’s race, has endured a mediocre season and retired from last week’s Criterium du Dauphine after crashing in the individual time trial stage.

The 27-year-old is scheduled to hold a news conference in Luxembourg at 2 p.m British time on Wednesday.

The Tour de France starts on June 30 in Liege, Belgium.

Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by John O'Brien

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