Tour de France Riders Nicked by Pellet Shots

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2009 5:37 PM CDT
Julian Dean of New Zealand is seen at left in a photo from the 2008 Tour de France.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Two Tour de France cyclists were slightly injured during the race’s 13th stage today in an apparent pellet-gun attack, the BBC reports. Spain’s Oscar Freire took a pellet in the leg, while New Zealander Julian Dean was shot in the arm. Both Freire, standing 93rd, and Dean, 121st, are expected to continue riding tomorrow, their respective teams said.