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Defending Tour de France champ drops out Published: July 9, 2014

Defending champion Chris Froome has dropped out of the Tour de France after crashing in rainy, slick conditions in the fifth stage on Wednesday.

The withdrawal of the 29-year-old Team Sky leader, the favorite to win again this year, leaves the three-week race wide open. Froome's tumbles were but two on a day when many riders skidded out of control and crashed, including overall race leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy.

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