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Two riders shot by BB gun during race

Updated: July 18, 2009, 2:28 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

COLMAR, France -- At least two Tour de France riders were hit by pellets from a BB gun or similar weapon as they labored behind the main peloton near the finish of Friday's Stage 13. Neither was seriously hurt, but the incident again illustrated the perils of conducting one of the world's largest sporting events on the open road.

Julian Dean of New Zealand, a sprinter who rides for the Colorado-based Garmin-Slipstream team, and Oscar Freire, a Spanish sprinter for the Dutch Rabobank team, ...

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