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Crash shakes up top of Tour ranks

Updated: July 7, 2012, 11:34 AM ET
By Andrew Hood | VeloNews

METZ, France -- There are always crashes in the first week of the Tour de France, but this year seemed a little more forgiving.

Going into Friday's stage, most of the major GC riders had avoided a disastrous crash, accident or mishap that would torpedo his yellow jersey dreams.

Just as the Tour was poised to shift gears with a tidy little sprint into Metz before turning into the first climbing stages of the 99th edition, disaster struck just 25km from the finish line.

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