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Relieved Froome escapes unhurt after big Tour crash

 

Chris Froome got caught in a crash before stage two of the Tour de France in Liege.

Froome was one of several general classification hopefuls to fall in wet conditions around 30km from the finish of the 203.5km stage from Dusseldorf.

They would all get back to the peloton before German Marcel Kittel of Quick-Step Floors won from a bunch sprint, while Geraint Thomas finished in the pack to retain the yellow jersey he took in Saturday's time trial.

The crash came on a right turn in Battice, Belgium. Team Sky's Froome appeared to be first to hit the deck but with the peloton at full speed several followed.

Froome had to stop for a new bike, but eventually got back after a 10km chase. He said: "No injuries, thankfully. Just lost a bit of skin from my backside.

"That's the nature of the race. We knew it's slippery conditions like that, every time the race comes on there's a big risk something could happen and today there was just a touch of wheels, or someone slid just a few wheels ahead of me, and at those speeds you just can't avoid it.

"I think a few of us went down but thankfully everybody's ok and got to the finish all right without losing any time to our rivals, so that's the main thing."

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