Chris Froome out of Tour de France after serious crash
Chris Froome's chances of securing a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title next month are over after the 34 year-old broke his leg, elbow and ribs in a horrific 40mph crash before stage 4 of the Criterium du Dauphine.
On Wednesday night, team principal Dave Brailsford said Froome had been taken into intensive care and was "not in great shape" and "He's been operated on to make sure that first phase of medical care is as optimal as possible and we will manage it from there. It's an evolving situation. It is concerning, there is no doubt about that."
Froome's condition was described as “very serious".
"He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed,” Brailsford told reporters in France. “He hit a wall. It'll take quite a long time before he races again.
“It sounds like he’s taken his hands off his bars to blow his nose and the wind has just taken his front wheel. He’s hit a wall at 60kmh or something like that.
"It's a very serious accident. Clearly, he won't be at the start of the Tour de France."
“On behalf of the Team, I would like to commend the treatment he received from the emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital in assessing and stabilising him.
“We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery."
Chrs Froome is one of the Tour de France's biggest stars and will be a big loss to the 2019 campaign.