Published: Thu, June 13, 2019
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Chris Froome set to miss Tour de France with broken leg

Chris Froome set to miss Tour de France with broken leg

Six-times Grand Tour victor Froome was competing in the Criterium du Dauphine to prepare for the Tour de France, which begins in Brussels on July 6.

His Team Ineos principal, Sir Dave Brailsford, admitted it was a "very bad" crash, saying: "He was in a very, very serious condition and he could hardly speak".

Froome's Twitter account later confirmed he was undergoing surgery to fix "multiple fractures".

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.

Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has suffered a major crash resulting in multiple fractures and will miss this year's race. 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.

"Brailsford previously told French television Froome crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed" while scouting the time trial route. He was using the Dauphine has his final warm up race for the Tour de France. We're trying to manage that and make sure he gets the best care.

The British rider, 34, hit a wall at 54km/h (33.5mph).

"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 said.

"We're going to do all we can to support Chris in his bid to win a fifth Tour, to cement his place in history and join the exclusive club of five-time winners".

Froome's crash came towards the end of his recon of Wednesday's time trial course, a stage that was expected to see him challenge for the overall lead of the Dauphine.

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.

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