Bradley Wiggins crashes out of the Tour de France
Bradley Wiggins crashed out of the Tour de France today after being caught in up a crash around 39km from stage eight's finish in Chateauroux.
The Team Sky rider came down with Chris Horner (RadioShack), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Cervelo), Alexandre Vinokourov (Astana) and many others in the crash towards the rear of the peloton, and despite initially trying to get back on his bike, abandoned five minutes later.
Wiggins, the British national champion sat sixth overall at the start of the stage, ten seconds behind race leader Thor Hushovd.
He is understood to have broken his left collarbone.
Speaking to journalists at the team bus, coach Shane Sutton said "it's a bitter pill to swallow".
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