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Cycling: Voeckler breaks collar bone, out of Down Under

French star Thomas Voeckler broke his collar bone when he crashed into a car during training on Wednesday and is out of the Tour Down Under, race organisers said. The 34-year-old was taken to a sports clinic for X-rays immediately after the accident, which happened on a ride near the Adelaide beach suburb of Glenelg just hours after his arrival with his Europcar team. "He will fly out of Adelaide tomorrow afternoon to return to Nantes in France for treatment," organisers said in a statement.

Voeckler doubtful for Tour Down Under after crash

(Reuters) - French cyclist Thomas Voeckler is doubtful for the Tour Down Under after crashing on a training ride near the Adelaide beach suburb of Glenelg. "It's understood Voeckler accidentally collided with a stationary vehicle during a ride with his Europcar team shortly after arriving in Adelaide," organizers of the January 19-26 tour said in a statement on Wednesday. Voeckler, 34, one of the marquee overseas names scheduled to compete in the race in and around Adelaide, will have X-rays on his right shoulder, the team said.

Cycling: Europcar given sponsor's boost

French team Europcar have recieved a boost at the Tour de France after their main sponsor announced the extension of its current contract with the team. Uncertainty surrounded the future of Europcar, whose main stars are Thomas Voeckler and climbing specialist Pierre Rolland, with reports suggesting the car hire company was about to end its three-year deal without renewing. Europcar announced Monday during the race's second rest day in Avignon it would sponsor the team for a further two seasons, until the end of 2015.

Cycling: Tour de France briefs

Tour de France briefs during the 218 km 12th stage from Fougeres to Tours: Czech gets a leg up on Tour peloton

Cycling: Short third stage brings down Corsican curtain

The Tour de France completes its historic passage through Corsica later with a short 145-kilometre third stage from Napoleon Bonaparte's birthplace in Ajaccio up the island's west coast to Calvi, where the explorer Christopher Columbus is said to have been born. To celebrate the 100th staging of the sport's most famous race, the Tour has come to the Mediterranean island - known as the Island of Beauty - for the first time ever this year.

Cycling: Voeckler and Rolland head Europcar Tour team

Veteran Thomas Voeckler and French compatriot and climbing specialist Pierre Rolland will lead Europcar's challenge in this year's Tour de France, which gets underway in Porto Vecchio, Corsica, on Saturday. Europcar named their team on Monday for the race that runs till July 21. Voeckler, 34, has won four stages in the Tour and finished as King of the Mountains in 2012, while his best overall finish was fourth in 2011.

Cycling: Froome retains Dauphine yellow as Voeckler wins stage

Team Sky's Chris Froome retained the race leader's yellow jersey after Friday's sixth stage of the Criterium du Dauphine won by Thomas Voeckler. The British rider remained 52sec ahead of Australian team-mate Richie Porte in the overall standings, with another Australian, Garmin's Rohan Dennis, a further 2sec adrift. Europcar's Voeckler won a sprint finish at the end of the 143km stage raced in bright sunshine, coming through the line ahead of Spain's Jesus Herrada, Belgian Kevin Seeldrayers and Russian Egor Silin, 46sec ahead of the peloton.

Cycling: Gaudin wins Paris-Nice prologue

Frenchman Damien Gaudin, riding for Europcar, won Sunday's Paris-Nice prologue, a 2.9km time trial around Houilles west of Paris. Gaudin, a three-time French national pursuit champion, bagged the yellow jersey after seeing off compatriot Sylvain Chavanel by 0.56sec and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra as the 26-year-old garnered his first career win five years after turning professional. Monday's first stage proper is a 195km ride from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Nemours.

Cycling: Gaudin wins Paris-Nice prologue

Frenchman Damien Gaudin, riding for Europcar, won Sunday's Paris-Nice prologue, a 2.9km time trial around Houilles west of Paris. Gaudin bagged the yellow jersey after seeing off compatriot Sylvain Chavanel and Dutchman Lieuwe Westra as the 26-year-old garnered his first career win five years after turning professional. Monday's first stage proper is a 195km ride from Saint-Germain-en-Laye to Nemours. jm/cw/ak
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