Froome out of Tour de France after serious injuries in crash

Annette Crawford
June 13, 2019

Froome was using the Criterium du Dauphine as his final warm-up race head of the Tour de France.

Team INEOS leader Dave Brailsford said the four-time champion suffered a suspected fractured femur in a crash at 40 miles per hour.

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

Chris Froome (Team Ineos) has crashed out of the Criterium du Dauphine, fracturing his femur and so ending his hopes of riding the Tour de France. "He has also suffered fractured ribs", Usher said in a statement.

"On behalf of the Team, I would like to commend the treatment he received from the emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital in assessing and stabilising him". Dave Brailsford told reporters that Froome and his teammate, Wout Poels, were racing downhill when a gust of wind swept Froome off course during a recon, or pre-ride, before stage four in Roanne.

L'Equipe write that Froome hit a wall during his ride, before a team official revealed the news about his fractured pelvis.

Brailsford later added in the statement that the team's primary focus was ensuring that Froome gets the best care.

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

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

"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".

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.

Froome's injuries, which will nearly certainly rule him out of the world championships in Yorkshire in September, stunned Tour de France organisers.

Froome was eighth in the Dauphine standings, 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns of Belgium.

The three-week Tour de France starts on July 6.

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