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12th Jun 2019

Chris Froome out of Tour de France after ‘very serious’ crash

Wayne Farry

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The incident took place during a practice session on Wednesday

Chris Froome is out of this year’s Tour de France after what was described as a “very serious accident” during a practice session during the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne, France on Wednesday.

The news was confirmed by Team Ineos’ team principal Dave Brailsford, who revealed that it would be “quite a long time” before the 34-year-old – who has won four Tour de France titles – returns to cycling.

It’s believed that Froome broke his leg after crashing into a wall while travelling at 60 kilometres per hour.

“He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed. He hit a wall,” team principal Dave Brailsford told France Televisions. “It’ll take quite a long time before he races again.

“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.”