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Unhappy ending

Dutch rider Blijlevens thrown out of Tour after assault

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  Jeroen Blijlevens Jeroen Blijlevens allegedly struck American Bobby Julich after Sunday's 21st stage. AP

PARIS ( -- Dutchman Jeroen Blijlevens was thrown out of the Tour de France after assaulting another rider at the finish line on July 23.

Organizers said Blijlevens was guilty of a "particularly serious assault" against Bobby Julich of the United States.

Eyewitnesses said Blijlevens hit Julich after accusing the American of blocking him during the sprint finish of Stage 20 in Troyes, France.

Blijlevens was fined 200 Swiss francs (US $120.30) by Tour officials.

The Dutchman finished third in the 21st stage, and ended 124th out of 128 riders in the final standings.

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