Froome to miss Tour de France after crash

Ross Houston
June 13, 2019

Froome was taken to hospital after hitting a wall at high speed during a course reconnaissance of the 26.1 km individual time trial around Roanne in central France.

L'Equipe write that Froome hit a wall during his ride, before a team official revealed the news about his fractured pelvis. Clearly, he won't be at the start of the Tour de France.

Dave Brailsford, Ineos team principal, praised Froome's preparation for an attempt at winning his fifth Tour de France title - something he will now be prevented from trying to achieve this year.

Chris Froome will miss this year's Tour de France after a bad crash in training.

A message posted to Froome's official Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, apparently by his wife Michelle, said the cyclist was in surgery to fix "multiple fractures".

Ineos staff praised the swift response from French medical teams and team doctor Richard Usher said: "I would like to commend the treatment Chris received from emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital for assessing and stabilising him".

"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".

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

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.

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.

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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