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Tour de France News for June 13, 2003

Edited by Chris Henry

Sevilla to miss Tour de France

Oscar Sevilla (Kelme), who has suffered continued setbacks in training this spring, will miss the 2003 Tour de France. Sevilla has been unable to train properly following an operation to remove a cyst in the groin area, and has determined along with his team management and doctors that he would not be adequately prepared to race the centenary Tour in less than one month's time.

"Following a meeting between the president of Kelme, the directeur sportif, and the medical staff, it has been decided that Oscar Sevilla will not take part in the next Tour de France," read a statement from the team. "We are sorry for the fans of cycling, as we had wished his total recovery."

Sevilla finished the 2001 Tour in 7th overall, but was forced to abandon on stage 16 in 2002 due to illness.

Kraftwerk re-releases "Tour de France"

Germany's electronic music pioneer Kraftwerk will release an updated version of its classic song "Tour de France" in honour of the race's centenary. Originally released in 1983, Kraftwerk's Tour de France remains a cult classic from the enduring electro band. The album "Tour de France 03" is set for release on July 21.

Courtesy: Radsport-News

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