Chris Froome crashes in training, will miss Tour de France

Carrie Guzman
June 13, 2019

The Brit came off his bike during a reconnaissance of the 26.1 km individual time trial course on stage four in Roanne, and reports in France claim the Brit has suffered a suspected broken pelvis.

Britain's Adam Yates took the overall lead at the Criterium du Dauphine after finishing sixth on stage four. "He hit a wall", Brailsford said.

Chris Froome poses before the start of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster, England on May 2, 2019.

She tweeted: "Chris is in surgery at the moment to fix the multiple fractures".

The four-time Tour de France victor was hospitalised and will miss July's race after a crash, which happened before the fourth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

The 34-year-old hit a wall and is in a "very serious state", according to Dave Brailsford, who heads up the Ineos cycling team. "It'll take quite a long time before he races again", Brailsford told French television.

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Brailsford later added in the statement that the team's primary focus was ensuring that Froome gets the best care.

A witness at the scene of the accident said Froome had suffered an open fracture of the femur and had suffered other injuries too, notably to his elbows.

"One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in hard moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family". He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment.

Team-mate and defending Tour de France champion Geraint Thomas tweeted: "Such c*** news". Froome won the Tour in 2013 with Team Sky, and in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Seeking a fourth win in the key preparation race, Froome was eighth in the Dauphine standings, 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns of Belgium.

The fourth stage of the Dauphine was overshadowed by an injury to Chris Froome during a recon ride that rules him out of the Tour de France.

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