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July 17, 2003

Yahoo! Sports | Wheezing Wilson forgets inhaler - and drops out of Tour de France

Australian Tour de France debutant Matthew Wilson has crashed out of the race after finishing the 11th stage over the permitted time limit. On a day that the 25-year-old fdjeux.com rider will probably regret for the rest of his life, Wilson came in 21min 44sec behind stage winner Juan Antonio Flecha because he forgot to bring along his asthma inhaler.

The permitted time limit is variable by length and difficulty of the stage, ranging from 5 percent for flat stages raced at under 34 km/h to 20 percent for a team time trial raced at over 48 km/h.

Also missing the time delay today was Credit Agricole's Stéphane Auge, and Tobias Steinhauser of Team Bianchi joined Jens Voigt, abandoning on the course.

Of 198 starters, 167 continue.

Posted by Frank Steele on July 17, 2003 in Tour news | Permalink