Wednesday, July 9, 2014
ARENBERG, France (AP) -- Defending champion Chris Froome has dropped out of the Tour de France after crashing in rainy, slick conditions in the fifth stage on Wednesday.
A day after hurting his wrist in a crash in the fourth stage, Froome fell again at around the halfway mark of the 152.5-kilometer (94.5-mile) route from the Belgian town of Ypres to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut in France.
The Team Sky rider then climbed into a team car and left the race.
The withdrawal of the main pre-race favorite leaves the three-week cycling showcase wide open.
Italy's Vincenzo Nibali is wearing the leader's yellow jersey, but two-time champion Alberto Contador is only two seconds behind and could become the man to beat.
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