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Tour de France stage 3 paused as Cancellara caught up in mass crash

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Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) was caught up in the crash

Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) was caught up in the crash
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Christian Prudhomme halts stage 3 of the Tour de France

Christian Prudhomme halts stage 3 of the Tour de France
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A race judge stops the race

A race judge stops the race
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Johan Van Summeren (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was one of the riders who crashed

Johan Van Summeren (Ag2r-La Mondiale) was one of the riders who crashed
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Riders were forced to stop for close to 10 minutes

Riders were forced to stop for close to 10 minutes
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Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) waits with his bike for the stage to restart

Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) waits with his bike for the stage to restart
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The riders wait for the stage to start again

The riders wait for the stage to start again
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Fabian Cancellara (Trek) after signing on

Fabian Cancellara (Trek) after signing on (Image credit: Tim de Waele/TDWSport.com)
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(Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) in the race ambulance

Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) in the race ambulance (Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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The riders crashed into a ditch near a pole

The riders crashed into a ditch near a pole (Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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The crash from side on via television images

The crash from side on via television images (Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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An arial shot of the crash

An arial shot of the crash (Image credit: Twitter / Radsport)
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Riders crash during stage 3 at the Tour de France

Riders crash during stage 3 at the Tour de France
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William Bonnet (FDJ) lost a lot of skin

William Bonnet (FDJ) lost a lot of skin
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Yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) was involved in the stage 3 crash

Yellow jersey Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) was involved in the stage 3 crash

Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), William Bonnet (FDJ), Dmitrii Kozonchuk (Katusha) and Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge) have abandoned the Tour de France during stage three after a high-speed crash with approximately 65km to go.

Race leader Fabian Cancellara (Trek Factory Racing) also crashed hard but managed to continue racing. Numerous other riders also crashed and were battered and bruised, including Michael Mathews (Orica-GreenEdge), Greg Henderson (Lotto Soudal) and Johan Van Summeren (Ag2r-La Mondiale). 

Laurens ten Dam (LottoNL-Jumbo) was initially listed as having abandoned the race but is reported to be in the peloton. His team said he dislocated his shoulder but that it popped back in, enable him to ride on.

Race director Christian Prudhomme first neutralised and then stopped the race to allow the race medical staff to complete the treatment of injured riders and rejoin the peloton. The riders were stopped in the road for close to ten minutes before starting again behind a race car that neutralised the race until the summit of the Côte de Bohisseau, with 50km to go.  

The crash happened on a long straight section of road. Bonnet seemed to touch wheels with a rider in front, sparking the crash. Riders went down like skittles, many falling into a ditch on the side of the road.

More to follow.