Chris Froome will not start the 2019 Tour de France after crashing heavily and breaking multiple bones in France overnight.
Froome, the 4-time Tour champion, was preparing for a record-equalling 5th Tour de France title.
He came down at 65kp/h during a training and recon ride at the Criterium du Dauphine. Team Ineos (formerly Team Sky) issued a statement to confirm the extent of the star rider’s injuries.
“Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital,” the statement penned by Team Doctor Richard Usher read. “Initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries, most notably a fractured right femur and right elbow. He has also suffered fractured ribs. He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment.
“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. We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery,” Usher said.
Team Principal Dave Brailsford said the primary focus is on ensuring Froome gets the best possible care.
“Which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible,” Brailsford said.
“Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it’s always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries.”
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