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Spectator hits Tour de France rider in the face

Updated: July 19, 2005, 1:31 PM ET
Associated Press

PAU, France -- Andrey Kashechkin was hit in the face by a spectator during the 16th stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday and said organizers needed to improve security on the roads.

The spectator, who was cheering on the riders as they raced up a climb, hit the Kazakh rider in the face, apparently accidentally, as he cycled past.

"This is crazy what happened," Kashechkin said after finishing 59th. "Somebody on the side of the road hit me in the face. I don't understand why. The Tour ...

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