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Wed., July 10, 2013, 8:43 a.m.

Tour de France: blood and bruises

Marcel Kittel, right, crosses the line ahead of Andre Greipel, center, and Mark Cavendish to win Stage 10 of the Tour de France.

SAINT-MALO, France – Hitting the asphalt at something like 60 kilometers per hour (40 mph) flayed off a patch of skin from Tom Veelers’ right thigh. Blood snaked down his leg from his sliced-up right knee. His white jersey was torn and soiled.

“Bruised and scratched from all sides,” the big Dutchman said when asked how he felt. “But … yeah, OK.”

In short, Stage 10 was another day at the office for the charging-bull sprinters of the Tour de France. Full story.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.