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French cyclist breaks bone in training session

FRENCH rider Thomas Voeckler's Tour Down Under campaign is over, just hours after he arrived in Adelaide for the race.

Voeckler (pictured) broke his right collarbone for the third time after he crashed into a stationary car which had braked sharply to avoid a pedestrian, during his first training ride.

The Europcar team member and the winner of four stages and the mountains jersey at the 2012 Tour de France, flew home to Nantes yesterday.

He fractured the same collarbone in 2009 in a stage of the Paris-Nice race, and again during the Amstel Gold in April last year.

"It was not the car driver's fault, but it's a stupid crash, a really stupid crash, " he said.

Voeckler won't be replaced and his team is left with six riders, Yukiya Arashiro, Perrig Quemeneur, Bjorn Thurau, Kevin Reza, Jerome Cousin and Angelo Tulik.