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Top cyclist Valverde out; Kessler wins 3rd stage

Updated: July 5, 2006, 11:29 AM ET
Associated Press

VALKENBURG, Netherlands -- Wheels touch. Bikes and riders go down. A bone breaks. Tour de France over.

So it went for Alejandro Valverde during an accident-strewn third stage Tuesday. The Spaniard, whom Lance Armstrong once said could be cycling's next big thing, fractured his right collarbone, taking yet another favorite out of the showpiece race that already lost its top contenders to a doping scandal even before it began.

On the road, there was a new overall leader, Tom ...

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