Chris Froome to miss Tour de France after crashing during practice

Tanya Simon
June 13, 2019

Brailsford told Cyclingnews that Froome had taken his hand off the handlebars to blow his nose and lost his front wheel in gusty conditions.

Chris Froome poses before the start of the first stage of the Tour de Yorkshire in Doncaster, England on May 2, 2019.

Six-times Grand Tour victor Froome, alongside team mate Geraint Thomas, was one of the favourites for the Tour de France, which he has won four times.

The fourth stage of the Dauphine was overshadowed by an injury to Chris Froome during a recon ride that rules him out of the Tour de France.

Details of the crash and the extent of Froome's injuries remain unconfirmed.

Froome received treatment quickly from medical staff with a race ambulance that was near the scene of the crash, Brailsford said.

"I am awaiting information and transport to get to where he is and as soon as we have any information we will update you".

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The British rider was being airlifted to hospital, Brailsford said at the Criterium du Dauphine race in south-eastern France. The Tour de France won't be the same without him.

Froome was hoping a strong performance in the Dauphiné would set him up for a chance to win a record-tying fifth yellow jersey.

"His withdrawal changes the whole thing".

Froome's last major win came at the 2018 Giro where he also fell while doing recon for the opening day time-trial around Jerusalem, suffering early in the three week race before spectacular late rally.

But all indications were that Froome had done enough to be Ineos' unofficial leader at the Tour, ahead of both Thomas and Bernal, as he aimed for an historic fifth title.

The Kenyan born Froome, who at his best combines top level time-trialing skills with a fearsome prowess for climbing, first won the Tour in 2013 with Team Sky.

Froome's injuries, which will nearly certainly rule him out of the world championships in Yorkshire in September, stunned Tour de France organisers.

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