Froome shaken after hit and run incident in France

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Triple Tour de France winner Chris Froome has escaped injury after a hit and run incident in the South of France. The Team Sky rider was training near to his home in Monaco when his bike was struck by a motorist.

Froome revealed what had happened on Twitter.

His team told media that he had returned home afterwards and then continued his training on a spare machine. It added that the deliberate crash would be reported to police. He commented further later in the day.

Froome is currently training for the Criterium du Dauphine, which he hopes will pave the way for a fourth Tour de France win.

He will consider himself lucky to have escaped injury but, like many other professional and amateur riders, will wonder what must be done to boost their safety on public roads. Several days ago in Spain two riders were killed and others injured by a motorist who had taken drink and drugs.

In April, the 2011 Giro d’Italia winner Michele Scarponi was struck and killed by a van while training for the Giro d’Italia.

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