In a major setback for the cycling fraternity former multiple time Tour de France winner Chris Froome has been involved in serious accident and is going to miss Tour de France.
As per reports Froome suffered a broken leg in a crash during the Criterium du Dauphine. Froome, was taken to a local hospital in following the incident prior to Wednesday’s time trial in Roanne.
“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 official twitter handle posted.
Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford, speaking to France television reporters, confirmed Froome will be out of the Tour de France.
“He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed,” Braislford 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-tying 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.