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Friday, July 01, 2005

Reuters: Ullrich in car crash, not seriously injured

CHALLANS, France, July 1 (Reuters) - Germany's Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, was injured in a freak training accident on the eve of the Tour's start on Friday but escaped mostly unhurt.

A T-Mobile team spokesman told Reuters that Ullrich, one of Lance Armstrong's leading rivals for Tour victory, crashed into his team manager Mario Kummer's car after he was forced to brake unexpectedly.

Ullrich hit the rear windscreen, which smashed into pieces, and suffered cuts near the throat.

The spokesman said the German, a five times Tour runner-up, was treated by the team doctor, who said the bruises and cuts were only superficial.

The Tour starts with a 19-km time trial between Fromentine and Noirmoutier on Saturday.