VALLORBE, Switzerland, June 14 (Reuters) - Alexandre Vinokourov pulled out of next month's Tour de France on Monday after tearing ligaments in his right shoulder, his T-Mobile team said.
The Kazakh rider, third behind Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich last year, sustained the injury after crashing during Sunday's second stage of the Tour of Switzerland.
"It is a bitter moment for us all," T-Mobile's team spokesman Olaf Ludwig said in a statement, adding that Vinokourov will undergo surgery on Tuesday.
"He was on the way to being in top form."
Vinokourov also missed the Tour de France in 2002 because of injury following a fall.
T-Mobile's director of sport Mario Kummer added: "Vino will be a big loss. Now the team must come more closer together."
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