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Andy Schleck, who was declared the winner of the 2010 Tour de France after Alberto Contador was stripped of the title for doping, has withdrawn from this year’s race after suffering a knee injury in a high-speed crash in Monday’s third stage.

“I’m hugely disappointed. … I was so happy be part of the race and be good and competitive. I’m sad to let the team down,” Schleck said in comments posted on Trek Factory Racing’s Web site.

Schleck crashed Monday in central London, 27 kilometers from the finish of the third stage (the tour’s first three stages were in England this year).

“I was behind and a guy who moved from the left to the right and I went into his back wheel. I couldn’t really avoid him and so hit the ground at quite a high speed,” Schleck told Cycling News on Monday. “The roads were rough and so I lost quite a bit of skin. I landed on my arm, my hip, my ribs and my knee a bit. I can’t bend my knee at the moment but I hope I’ll be okay.”

Marcel Kittel outsprinted Peter Sagan and Mark Renshaw in front of Buckingham Palace to claim his second stage win in three days on Monday. Vincenzo Nibali retained the Yellow Jersey, keeping his two-second overall lead on Alberto Contador and Chris Froome.