Tour de France Vehicle Hits Spectator
Sponsor caravan previously struck two
A spectator was struck by a sponsor vehicle in the Tour de France publicity caravan on Tuesday, fracturing his leg. The 160-vehicle motorcade was passing through the town of Saint-Floris, about 45 miles past the start of the third stage, when one of the vehicles hit a bystander. Officials say the man's injuries are not life-threatening. The caravan, which promotes about 30 sponsors, typically travels about an hour ahead of the peloton. A boy was struck and killed by a sponsor's vehicle in 2000 and another in 2002. The Tour has since reduced the number of vehicles on the course.
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