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Vande Velde out of Tour after crashing

Updated: July 5, 2010, 8:35 PM ET
Associated Press

SPA, Belgium -- American Christian Vande Velde pulled out of the Tour de France after breaking two ribs in a crash during Monday's second stage of the race.

Vande Velde was involved in one of the several crashes that marred the 125-mile rain-soaked stage from Brussels to Spa.

His Garmin-Transitions team said Vande Velde "suffered a left eyelid laceration requiring multiple stitches, along with two broken ribs."

Vande Velde finished fifth at the Tour two years ago.

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