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Canadian Hesjedal Pulls Out Of Tour de France

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RYDER HESJEDAL TOUR DE FRANCE 2012
Canada's Ryder Hesjedal competes in the 6,4 km individual time-trial and prologue of the 2012 Tour de France cycling race running around Liege on June 30, 2012. The 99th Tour de France, to be held from June 30 till July 22, will be made up of one prologue and 20 stages and will cover a total distance of 3.497 kilometres. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL PAVANI | Getty Images

Giro d'Italia champion Ryder Hesjedal of Canada has withdrawn from the Tour de France after sustaining a left leg and hip injury during the crash-marred sixth stage of the race.

Hesjedal's Garmin-Sharp team said before the start of Stage 7 on Saturday that he is not able to pedal normally.

Team doctor Prentice Steffen said "the injury would only be worsened if he tried to ride today." Hesjedal was among at least two dozen riders caught up in a nasty crash with 16 miles to go Friday. He lost more than 13 minutes and dropped to 108th overall.

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