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Froome to miss Tour de France after suffering horror crash

 

Agony: Chris Froome broke his leg, elbow and ribs in crash
Agony: Chris Froome broke his leg, elbow and ribs in crash

By Robert Jones

Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after sustaining multiple serious injuries in a crash.

The four-time Tour champion suffered a broken femur, a broken elbow and broken ribs yesterday during his reconnaissance ahead of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine.

It was immediately feared the 34-year-old had broken his leg and, after being taken to a nearby hospital, further injuries were confirmed as his hopes of a fifth Tour title this year were dashed.

The extent of Froome's injuries was revealed in a team statement yesterday evening.

"Team Ineos can confirm Chris Froome sustained multiple serious injuries during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine" it read. "The 34-year-old crashed towards the end of his recon in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, sustaining injuries including a fractured right femur, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs.

"Froome has been ruled out of the rest of the race and will miss the 2019 Tour de France."

Sir Dave Brailsford, Ineos team principal, praised Froome's preparation for an attempt at winning his fifth Tour de France title.

"Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible," said Brailsford.

"Chris had worked incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape and was on track for the Tour, which unfortunately he will now miss."

Froome's absence means defending champion Geraint Thomas will now be Team Ineos' leader.

Last night, a tweet from Froome's official account - signed MF, the initials of his wife Michelle - read: "Chris is in surgery, please keep him in your thoughts. I hope to share a message from him tomorrow morning - MF."

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