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Stage 10 winner Van Aert hits barrier, crashes out of Tour

(AP Photo/ Christophe Ena)

PAU, France (AP) Belgian rider Wout van Aert, a Tour de France rookie who won Stage 10, has been forced out of the race with a leg wound after he plowed into a roadside barrier and crashed in a right-hand curve close to the finish of the time trial in Pau.

Van Aert had been one of the quickest riders Friday on the 27.2-kilometer route (16.9-mile) course before catching the barrier and hitting the deck. Medics treated him at the side of the road and then transported him away by ambulance.

His team, Jumbo-Visma, said he was conscious but out of the Tour with a flesh wound on his right upper leg.

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Updated July 19, 2019