Seriously injured Froome out of Tour de France after horror crash

Seriously injured Froome out of Tour de France after horror crash

The four-time Tour champion is in a St Etienne hospital after suffering a broken femur, a broken elbow and broken ribs during his reconnaissance ahead of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine. "It is concerning, there is no doubt about that", said Brailsford.

"Team INEOS can confirm that Chris Froome crashed during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today", tweeted Team INEOS.

That is why a few days ago team principal Dave Brailsford said that Ineos would be doing "all we can to support Chris in his bid to win a fifth Tour and join the exclusive club of five-time winners". "He's been operated on to make sure that first phase of medical care is as optimal as possible and we..."

It appeared Froome had taken his hand off the handlebars in order to blow his nose "and the wind's taken his front wheel and he's hit a wall", Brailsford told the BBC. "There are crashes and bad crashes and this was a bad crash".

Writing on her husband's Twitter account, she said: "Chris is on his way to hospital after a high speed crash during the route recon earlier this afternoon, injuries are yet to be confirmed".

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The four-time victor of the Tour de France crashed towards the end of the recon in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes and his injuries include a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs.

He added: "Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it's always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries".

The Mitchelton-Scott rider, 26, leads Belgian Dylan Teuns by four seconds following the 26.1km time trial in Roanne, France.

This year's Tour de France embarks from Brussels on July 6 and the loss of the iconic four time victor will shake up ambitions at several teams. Yet another is that after seven years of a near-unbroken Sky/Ineos stranglehold on the Tour, Froome's rivals will see 2019 as a long-awaited golden opportunity to capture the yellow jersey. Froome won the Tour in 2013 with Team Sky, and in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

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