Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Froome to miss Tour de France after crash at Criterium du Dauphine

Froome to miss Tour de France after crash at Criterium du Dauphine

Four-time Tour de France victor Christopher Froome is out of this year's race after a serious accident while training, his manager has confirmed to French television.

Team Ineos officials have not confirmed Froome's condition, but the French sports daily L'Equipe is reporting that Froome may have suffered a fractured femur. 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. "It'll take quite a long time before he races again".

"Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible", said Brailsford.

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

"He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed".

"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".

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.

"One of the things which sets Chris apart is his mental strength and resilience - and we will support him totally in his recovery, help him to recalibrate and assist him in pursuing his future goals and ambitions".

Chris Froome's hopes of winning a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title have been dealt a major blow after he crashed out of the Criterium du Dauphine and was taken to hospital on Wednesday.

Froome was eighth in the overall classification after three stages of the eight-day race, just 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns.

It has now been reported that the Team Ineos rider broke his leg in the fall and will miss the Tour, which starts on July 6. He also won the 2017 Tour.

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