Three hospitalized after accident near Tour finish line

Updated: July 16, 2008, 2:42 PM ET
Associated Press

FOIX, France -- Three spectators at the Tour de France were taken to a hospital after being hit by a team car close to the finish line during Wednesday's 11th stage.

The car hit the fans about 800 yards from the finish as it arrived ahead of riders for the end of the stage from Lannemezan to Foix, organizers said in a statement. The three were taken to a hospital.

A woman had facial trauma and a possible fractured jaw. A man had X-rays and may have broken his leg. The third person was not seriously injured.

Organizers did not say which team the car belonged to, but said they would investigate the accident.

Kurt-Asle Arvesen of Norway won the stage, and Cadel Evans of Australia retained the race leader's yellow jersey.


Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

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