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Alex Dowsett forced to withdraw from Tour de France

Great Britain's Alex Dowsett is forced to withdraw from the Tour de France with an elbow injury.

Alex Dowsett has been forced to bring his debut campaign in the Tour de France to a premature end.

The 26-year-old, who is the British time-trial champion, was unable to recover from a crash that occurred on stage four of the race.

Despite battling on gamely, the former world hour record holder made the decision to withdraw after continuing to suffer with an elbow injury.

Spain's Joaquim Rodriguez won stage 12 on Thursday, while Chris Froome was able to retain the yellow jersey.

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Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver of Spain and Team Katusha celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win stage twelve of the 2015 Tour de France, a 195 km stage between Lannemezan and Plateau de Beille, on July 16, 2015
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