Cyclists hurt in Tour de France shooting

Tour de France 2009 Stage Thirteen

Two riders in Tour de France were apparently shot by air gun pellets on the race’s 13th stage on Friday.

Authorities confirmed triple World Champion Oscar Freire of Spain and New Zealander Julian Dean received minor injuries in the attack on cycling’s top event. Freire was hit on the upper thigh while Dean received a finger wound.

French police report today that they have apprehended the teenagers responsible for the shooting which happened in the descent from the Col du Platzerwasel, just over 20 miles from the end of the stage.

The 200km leg from Vittel to Colmar was won by Cervelo rider Heinrich Haussler, the first stage win of his career.