Tour De France Cyclists, Hurt In Suspected Air-Rifle Shooting

Julian Dean And Oscar Freire, Tour De France Cyclists,

Hurt In Suspected Air-Rifle Shooting


Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com



COLMAR, France —

Two Tour de France cyclists

were slightly injured Friday in what their teams suspect

was an air-rifle shooting.

New Zealand's Julian Dean and Spain's Oscar Freire,

a three-time former world champion, were struck

while riding in northeast France during the 13th stage.

Dean's right index finger was injured. Freire's team said he was

hit in the thigh with a projectile that was removed.

Both were expected to ride Saturday.

It was not immediately certain what weapon was used.

But both teams – Dean's Garmin Slipstream and

Freire's Rabobank – believe it was an air rifle.

"He (Dean) was very lucky," Garmin spokeswoman

Marya Pongrace said by telephone. "He is a little shaken up."

Rabobank said in a statement the doctor told the team the injury

to Freire "will not bother him too much."

Police were investigating, and Dean was to be interviewed at

his hotel in Colmar later Friday.

Rabobank said it intended to file a complaint.

The riders were hit during the descent of the demanding Col du Platzerwasel,

about 22 miles from the finish of the stage between

Vittel and Colmar, Rabobank said.


Associated Press Writer Greg Keller contributed to this report.

Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com



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