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Froome will aim to return to top, says Brailsford

 

Chris Froome
Chris Froome

By Robert Jones

Team Ineos principal Sir Dave Brailsford is convinced Chris Froome will fight to return to top-level cycling after his life-threatening crash.

Froome fractured his right femur, broke a hip and fractured an elbow and ribs, while it has also been reported he fractured his neck, when his bike hit a wall at 35mph on Wednesday during his fourth-stage reconnaissance of the Criterium du Dauphine.

The four-time Tour de France winner - now ruled out of this year's event - is recovering at the University Hospital of St Etienne where he underwent a six-hour operation. But Brailsford does not think the 34-year-old will retire from the sport.

"It's quite difficult to see that," said Brailsford. "I think he will try and get back. I don't think it will be a case where he'll say, 'Right, I'm satisfied now. I'll hang up my wheels and call it a day'.

"I think he's more likely to really work hard in rehab and push himself really hard.

"If I was a betting man I'd say yes we'll seem him back at some point in the future."

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