As reported by newspaper.com Chris Froome will miss the next edition of the Tour, which begins the July 6 in Brussels, after suffering a serious fall this Wednesday while he recognized the course of the Critérium Dauphiné time trial.
Dave Brailsford, manager of the Ineos (current name of the missing Sky), has commented to several special envoys to the race that his head of ranks will spend "a lot of time" without competing.
Froome struck at high speed against a wall, in an area of descent, and suffered an open fracture of the femur. Likewise, France Presse also states that the four-time Tour winner may have other important injuries, especially in an elbow.
The corridor was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital in Saint Etienne, where Froome's wife moves to be with her husband, as explained from the official Twitter account of the cyclist. Brailsford was the first to confirm the safe retirement of his head of ranks for the Tour, where he aspired to a fifth victory.
He has won the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions. He was also second in the 2012 and third last year, edition that won his teammate Geraint Thomas, who will wear the number one of the test.
Chris is on his way to hospital after a high speed crash during the route recon earlier this afternoon, injuries are yet to be confirmed. I am awaiting information and transport to get to where he is and as soon as we have any information we will update you - MF
- Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 12 2019
Apparently, Froome was in the 11 kilometer of the time trial, just when the only end of the stage ended. He was riding the time trial bike and a very strong gust of wind has unbalanced it and hit a wall.
Initially he was evacuated from the accident site by an ambulance from the fire department, the body of assistance that usually covers traffic emergencies in France.
«Very serious accident»
«Everything happened in a descending part, at great speed. It has hit a wall, it is a major blow. The ambulance intervened quickly and treated him until a helicopter arrived to take him to Saint-Eteinne, "Brailsford told French public television.
«It is a very serious accident. It is clear that he can not take the start of the Tour, this injury needs a quite long healing time, "added the manager of the cycling team.
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