Haedo abandons Paris-Nice after motorcycle crash

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Argentine cyclist Lucas Sebastian Haedo has pulled out of the third stage of the Paris-Nice cycling race after being knocked over by a police motorcycle.

The Saxo Bank-SunGard team says Haedo hurt his knee in the fall and needed multiple stitches on Monday.

French rider Romain Sicard also pulled out Tuesday after riding in the second stage with pain in his right knee. Several other riders also crashed Monday.

The third stage from Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire to Nuits-Saint-Georges takes riders on a hilly 125-mile route.

Italian rider Simone Ponzi of the Liquigas-Cannondale team quit the stage after 21 miles.

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