Tour de France - Injured Van den Broeck pulls out of Tour de France

Belgian rider Jurgen Van den Broeck became the first high-profile casualty of this year's Tour de France when he pulled out injured before the sixth stage, his Lotto-Belisol team said on Thursday.

Tour de France - Van Den Broeck out for rest of season

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Jurgen van den Broeck (Reuters)

A spokesman for the team told Reuters by telephone that Van den Broeck, fourth overall in last year's race, sustained a knee injury in a mass pile-up inside the final 200 metres of Wednesday's stage.

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