Bengaluru: Britain’s four-times Tour de France winner Chris Froome is out of the 2019 race after a heavy crash on the Criterium du Dauphine course on Wednesday, Team Ineos manager Dave Brailsford said.
Froome, 34, was taken to a local hospital after hitting a wall at high speed during a course reconnaissance of the 26.1 km individual time trial around Roanne in central France, with Brailsford suspecting his star rider had broken a bone.
“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,” Brailsford told French television.
“He’s badly injured … it sounds like a fracture of the femur. We’re trying to manage that and make sure he gets the best care. The next hour, hour and a half is crucial.