Chris Froome – update on his injuries following a serious crash
Dave Brailsford, manager of Team Ineos, informed reporters on Thursday morning that Chris Froome’s 8 hours of operations on his femur, hip and elbow had been successful.
Brailsford confirmed that Chris Froome had suffered internal injuries as well as the fractures. L'Equipe newspaper reported that the fractures were open and compound fractures resulting from the 40mph crash and collision with a wall at the Criterium du Dauphiné on Wednesday.
Brailsford said “He had surgery to repair his femur, his hip, his elbow. He’s got broken ribs, a little bit of internal damage as well, so he’s staying in intensive care for the next couple of days and then we’ll go from there,” Brailsford said in Boën-sur-Lignon before stage 5 of the Dauphiné.
“He’s being very well looked after. Our doctor [Richard Usher – ed.] is with him now and [Froome’s wife] Michelle is with him. We’ll keep monitoring the situation and see how it develops.
“From our various networks that we have, we try to quality assure what goes on and certainly the feedback we’ve been getting is that the work that’s been done is very, very good and he’s being looked after in an exemplary fashion. He’s onto this next phase of being in intensive care.”
Froome will miss this year’s Tour de France in which he would have sought a record-equalling 5th win and Brailsford said it was too soon to know when Froome would return to competition.
“First things first. For now, let’s just concentrate on today and getting him through today, and then tomorrow et cetera and see how this situation develops from there,”
“The first thing in all these situations is to get that first stabilisation, that first phase of medical surgery done really and then go into the recovery process.”