On the decent of the first category two climb of Stage 9 of the 2011 Tour de France, the Col du Pas de Peyrol, a terrible high speed crash has claimed three riders, two of which have withdrawn from the Tour de France. Alexander Vinokourov of Team Astana, Jurgen van den Broeck of Omega Pharma-Lotto, and David Millar of Garmin-Cervelo were the riders involved. Vinokourov and van den Broeck got the worst of the crash, with Vinokourov falling off the side of the road into the woods. Both van den Broeck and Vinokourov have withdrawn from the race with serious injuries, while Millar is attempting to continue.
Andreas Kloden was also involved, but has re-joined the peloton. The crash has caused the peloton to agree to a truce, and they are not racing up the Col de Perthus as they wait for the dropped riders to return. The leading group, containing Thomas Voeckler, has not stopped racing and Voeckler is the virtual yellow jersey on the road by some distance as a result. At the current time gap of over seven minutes, Luis Leon Sanchez would take second place in the overall classification behind Voeckler.