18 Jul 2009

Dean injured in Tour de France shooting incident

12:20 pm on 18 July 2009

New Zealand cyclist Julian Dean is expected to continue on the Tour de France, despite being shot at on the latest stage.

Dean's now sleeping off a minor finger injury from the incident in which he and at least one other rider, Oscar Freire of Spain, were shot by an air rifle or pellet gun at the top of a climb near the end of the 13th stage to Colmar.

Freire's Rabobank team says the cyclist had a pellet removed from his leg by his team doctor after finishing the stage.

French police are investigating.

The Australian-born German rider Heinrich Haussler won the stage but there's been no change in the race for the yellow jersey.