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Karpets withdraws from Tour de France

Updated: July 13, 2010, 8:31 AM ET
Associated Press

MORZINE, France -- Russian rider Vladimir Karpets of Team Katusha has dropped out of the Tour de France after breaking a bone in his left hand in a crash earlier in the race.

The team says a special diagnostic scan on its leader turned up a broken bone in his palm from an injury sustained in Stage 2 on July 5.

An X-ray right after the crash didn't show the full extent of the damage.

Karpets said in a team statement before Tuesday's ninth stage that he had trouble holding the ...

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