Froome, goodbye to the Tour: fracture of the femur, elbow and ribs

It crashed with a wall when it recognized the chrono at 60 km / h. He was rushed by helicopter to Saint-Étienne, where the worst forecasts were confirmed.

Chris Froome will not take the start on the next Tour de France (July 6-28) after suffering a heavy fall today before the time trial of the Dauphiné Criterium. He was recognizing the route when he hit a wall at high speed. Dave Brailsford has already confirmed on French television that he will have to say goodbye to the gala round, where he was pursuing a fifth Tour. Speaking to France 3, the Ineos manager confirmed that it was a "very serious accident" and that Froome had to be evacuated to the Saint-Étienne hospital by helicopter. "It will take a long time to run," he warned.

The Briton fell when he studied the km 2630km Roanne in which he was one of the favorites. He crashed violently against a wall when a gust of air unbalanced his bike to about 60 km / h. In the afternoon, the team confirmed in an official note the worst forecasts: suffers fracture of the right femur and elbow rights and several ribs.

A At 3:19 pm, Michelle, Froome's wife, tweeted from the rider's account to give details about the Briton's mishap: "Chris is on his way to the hospital after a fall at a high speed during the reconnaissance of the route in the first hour of This afternoon, the injuries have not yet been confirmed. I am waiting for information and how to get where you are and as soon as we have any information we will update it. -MF ". Afterwards, the reach was known.

Froome (34 years) aspired to enter the select club of the five-time champions (Indurain, Hinault, Merckx and Anquetil) . This year was living a black year, without releasing his record and with discreet steps for the Vuelta a Colombia or Catalunya . The Dauphiné was his final test after a concentration on the Teide to face the Tour. Geraint Thomas, current champion, is now the clearest trick for Ineos, who has not yet confirmed whether he will line up Egan Bernal (22 years old) . The Colombian missed the Giro for a broken clavicle while training, and now takes more body. He will participate from Saturday in the Tour of Switzerland.

"The Tour will not be the same without Froome, because he was the central character since 2013," said Christian Prudhomme, director of the round. The British had four victories (2013, 2015 and 2016), a second place, another third and a withdrawal in 2014 due to a fall.

The leader of the Ineos could be more than a month away from the bicycle, according to medical estimates. And the fracture could force him to change his pedaling, because he has a difficult recovery. It seems almost impossible, too, that I can go to the Vuelta a España (from August 24), although Ineos did not refer to the Spanish round in its statement.

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