Ullrich injured rib cage in fall, but no broken bones

Updated: July 11, 2005, 9:18 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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