Wednesday, 26 June, 2019

Chris Froome to miss Tour de France after crashing during practice

Chris Froome interatcs with fans at Criterium du Dauphine Chris Froome interatcs with fans at Criterium du Dauphine
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2019, 09:57

Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford said the four-time champion suffered a suspected fractured femur in a crash at 40 miles per hour.

Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after hitting a wall at high speed and suffering severe injuries in a training accident at the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday, Team Ineos leader Dave Brailsford has confirmed.

"Brailsford previously told French television Froome crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed" while scouting the time trial route.

The 34-year-old was using the race in Roanne, France, as part of his build-up to the Tour, which starts on 6 July.

"It's clear he'll take no part in the Tour", Brailsford told French television while four time Tour de France victor Froome was being treated at the scene in a parked ambulance.

L'Equipe write that Froome hit a wall during his ride, before a team official revealed the news about his fractured pelvis.

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Froome's Twitter account later confirmed he was undergoing surgery to fix "multiple fractures".

Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme was swift to wish Froome a speedy recovery.

Britain's four-times victor of the Yellow Jersey was airlifted to hospital with multiple injuries - including a broken leg, broken elbow and fractured ribs - after a crash that shook cycling.

But all indications were that Froome had done enough to be Ineos' unofficial leader at the Tour, ahead of both Thomas and Bernal, as he aimed for an historic fifth title. The Tour de France won't be the same without him. He was treated quickly by race paramedics who happened to be nearby in Roanne, a town in central France, and was airlifted to St Étienne University Hospital for further treatment.

Froome's injuries, which will nearly certainly rule him out of the world championships in Yorkshire in September, stunned Tour de France organisers.