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Kohl slides out

Gerolsteiner's mountain climber Bernhard Kohl came a cropper in yesterday's Dauphiné Libéré time trial. "I was going very well and was just about to pass the rider who started two places in front of me, when my front wheel slid out at about 70 km/h on a descent. You can imagine what it was like when I slid over the asphalt."

The Austrian didn't come away uninjured. "I've gone down before, but never anything like this. My whole right side, from the ankle to the shoulder is scraped open, rather deeply in some places. And it hurts as much as you would think." It was enough to convince him to take the doctor's advice and not start in today's fourth stage.

His directeur sportif, Christian Henn, praised Kohl for "forcing himself through." The Austrian didn't do too badly in spite of the crash, finishing 33rd at 3'04" down.

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