Froome to miss Tour de France

By Sports Desk June 12, 2019

Chris Froome will miss the Tour de France after he reportedly suffered a broken leg in a crash during the Criterium du Dauphine.

Froome, a six-time Grand Tour champion, was taken to a local hospital following the incident prior to Wednesday's time-trial in Roanne.

And Team INEOS principal Dave Brailsford, speaking to France Televisions reporters, confirmed Froome will be out of the Tour de France.

"He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed," Brailsford said.

"He hit a wall. The ambulance came quickly, he's been taken care of and waits for a helicopter to be transferred to Lyon or Saint-Etienne.

"It's a very serious accident. Clearly, he won't be at the start of the Tour de France. It'll take quite a long time before he races again."

Froome missed the Giro d'Italia to allow himself more time to prepare for the Tour de France, which he had been aiming to win for a record-equalling fifth time.

The 34-year-old, who won the last of his four Tour de France titles in 2017, had been set to lead Team INEOS in the event, which begins in Brussels on July 6.

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    The Switzerland-born Dane - leading by eight seconds through seven stages - was then boosted further on Sunday as Yates bowed out 40 kilometres from the finish of Sunday's stage eight due to illness.

    Tejay van Garderen was instead Fuglsang's closest rival, 20 seconds back, and the Astana rider's triumph never looked in serious doubt.

    The general classification group crossed the line in Switzerland together to hand Fuglsang, who also won the Dauphine in 2017, another victory.

    Froome's Team INEOS at least ended the weekend on a high, though, with a second successive stage win after Dylan van Baarle added to Wout Poels' success a day previously.

    Van Baarle beat Jack Haig to the line for his first sprint win after the pair jostled in breakaways throughout Sunday's action.   Julian Alaphilippe was the last to challenge the duo, finally leaving them for the closing stretch where Van Baarle had too much for Haig.

     

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    4. Wout Poels (Team INEOS) +28s
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    The Team INEOS rider was airlifted to Saint-Etienne University Hospital and remained in intensive care after undergoing eight hours of surgery, ruling him out of the Tour de France.

    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.

    "This is obviously a tough time but I have taken a lot of strength from the support over the last three days. The outpouring of support has been really humbling and something I would never have expected.

    "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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    A three-year period of ineligibility has been imposed on the rider, but the decision can be appealed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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