GRENOBLE, France -- Jan Ullrich was cleared Monday to stay
in the Tour de France after X-rays revealed he had not broken any
bones when he fell during the race's ninth stage.
Ullrich, the 1997 champion considered by many to be Lance
Armstrong's chief rival, fell in a descent during Sunday's stage
and damaged the left side of his rib cage. He continued racing and
finished 29th, in a pack with Armstrong.
After his X-rays came back negative, the German rider went for a
training ride, T-Mobile team spokesman Luuc Eisenga said.
Ullrich is currently eighth overall, 3 minutes and 54 seconds
behind leader Jens Voigt of Germany. He is 1:36 behind Armstrong,
the six-time champion who is currently third.