Froome out of Criterium following recon crash

By Sports Desk June 12, 2019

Chris Froome is out of the Criterium du Dauphine after he was injured in a crash just three weeks before the Tour de France gets under way.

Six-time Grand Tour champion Froome was eighth in the one-week race, which started on Sunday, but was injured in a recon ride ahead of stage four on Wednesday.

Team INEOS revealed that the Brit was on his way to a local hospital following the accident prior to a time-trial in Roanne.

"Team INEOS can confirm that Chris Froome crashed during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today." the team stated.

"He is currently on his way to a local hospital and won't start today's fourth stage. We will provide a further update in due course."

Froome skipped the Giro d'Italia to give himself the best possible chance of winning a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title.

The Tour Grand Depart will be staged in Brussels on Saturday July 6.

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    In a statement published on Saturday, Froome said: "Firstly, I just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent their best wishes to me since the crash.

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    "I'd also like to extend my gratitude to the team, especially Doctor Richard Usher and his medical staff, who have been exemplary since the crash. In addition, I am so thankful to the emergency services and everyone at Roanne Hospital who assisted and stabilised me, as well as the surgeons, doctors and nurses at the University Hospital of St Etienne, who have really gone above and beyond the call of duty, for which I am ever so grateful.

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