Crashes Rattle Tour Favorites

Vinokourov, Van den Broucke out

Thomas Voeckler of Europcar edged out leader Thor Hushovd to take the yellow jersey at the Tour de France's ninth stage on Sunday, as a crash sent two overall favorites home with broken bones. Alexander Vinokourov broke his femur and Jurgen Van den Broucke broke his shoulder blade in a pile-up during a wet descent on stage nine. The crash ends Vinokourov's career, as he had said that the 2011 Tour would be his last. He was later transported by helicopter to a Parisian hospital for surgery on his fractured right femur. In a separate incident, a Euro Media press car was ejected from the Tour after hitting cyclists Juan Antonio Flecha and Johnny Hoogerland, sending the Hoogerland flying into a barbed wire fence; he later received 31 stiches but recovered and went on to take the climber's polka-dotted jersey. Monday is a scheduled rest day for the race.

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