Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Froome's Tour dream ends with Dauphiné recon crash

Froome's Tour dream ends with Dauphiné recon crash

He hit the wall at 60km/h and fractured his leg, elbow and ribs.

Sir Dave Brailsford, the Team Ineos principal, said that Froome's front wheel had been caught by a gust of wind while he took one hand off the bars to blow his nose.

Later on Wednesday, Team INEOS confirmed Froome sustained "multiple serious injuries" as a result of the crash.

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.

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

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.

"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".

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The British rider fell during the recon of the stage 4 time trial and was airlifted to hospital for treatment.

"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.

Froome, who was hoping to achieve a record-tying fifth victory in the Tour, was eighth overall in the Criterium after three stages of the eight-day race.

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.

Chris Froome has been ruled out of the Tour de France after he suffered a suspected broken femur.

He went on to further Tour de France wins in 2015, 2016 and 2017, he also won the 2017 Vuelta a Espana and the 2018 Giro d'Italia, making him the greatest Grand Tour rider of his generation.

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