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Oct 15, 2012 12:48am
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TOMBLAINE, France—Canadas Ryder Hesjedal is now focusing on the London
Olympics after a left leg and hip injury forced him out of the Tour de France.
Dwight Freeney Jersey . The Giro dItalia
champion, who was injured during the crash-marred sixth stage of the race, did
not join his Garmin teammates at the start of Stage 7 and was flying home later
Saturday. His Garmin-Sharp team said that Hesjedal was not able to pedal
normally. Hesjedal was among at least two dozen riders caught up in a nasty
crash with 26 kilometres left to go on Friday. He entered the day in ninth place
but lost more than 13 minutes and dropped to 108th overall. “The problem is that
the swelling is to a degree that he cant actually bend his leg, and you
obviously need to bend your leg to race a bike,” Garmin manager Jonathan
Vaughters said. In a statement released by his team, Hesjedal said he was
disappointed to abandon the race, ruing the fact that he was in good form and
looking forward to reaching the mountains. “I only took a few days off the bike
after the Giro before I started training again, and I have been very focused on
doing a great Tour,” Hesjedal said. “Its a huge disappointment.” The Victoria
native will now try to recover quickly in order to be ready for the London
Games, where he is expected to compete with the Canadian team. “Ill go home,
keep working with the medical staff on my recovery, and re-focus everything on
the Olympics,” he said. Another Garmin-Sharp rider, Robbie Hunter of South
Africa, had to pull out ahead of Saturdays stage between Tomblaine and La
Planche Des Belles Filles, in another blow to the American team. Almost all of
the Garmin cyclists were caught up i