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Alexandre Vinokourov breaks leg

Updated: July 11, 2011, 8:43 AM ET
Associated Press

SAINT-FOUR, France -- Kazakh rider Alexandre Vinokourov ended his Tour de France career in dramatic fashion, bowing out of the race that made him both hero and villain after breaking his right thighbone in a high-speed crash during a descent in Sunday's ninth stage.

The 37-year-old Vinokourov's career could be over after previously saying this would be his last Tour.

"I never expected such a dramatic end on the Tour de France," Vinokourov said in a statement."This is a terrible ...

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