Chris Froome out of Tour de France after Dauphine recon crash

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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome is out of the Criterium du Dauphine after crashing hard during course recon ahead of the race’s stage four time trial.

Froome hit a wall at high speed and suffered severe injuries, and will not race the Tour next month, Team Ineos leader Dave Brailsford confirmed.

“It’s clear he’ll take no part in the Tour,” Brailsford told French television while Froome was being treated at the scene in a parked ambulance. “He is in a very, very serious condition,” said Brailsford, adding that the racer was having difficulty speaking and would be helicoptered to hospital.

UPDATE: Team Ineos confirmed late Wednesday that Froome suffered a fractured femur and right elbow. Ineos team doctor Richard Usher said: “Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital where initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries, most notably a fractured right femur and right elbow. He has also suffered fractured ribs. He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment.

A witness at the scene of the accident said Froome had suffered an open fracture of the femur and had suffered other injuries too, notably to his elbows.

Froome rolled out for course recon with his teammates Wednesday morning in windy conditions. Brailsford said Froome had been speeding downhill with teammate Wout Poels when a gust of wind blew him off track, launching him toward a wall.

“They were going very fast and the wind got his front wheel and sent him straight into the wall,” Brailsford said.

After a quiet first half of the season, the Criterium du Dauphine was Froome’s final tune-up race ahead of his run at a historic fifth Tour de France title, and Wednesday’s time trial was going to be his only time trial test ahead of the Tour. Froome was sitting close to the lead before pulling out on Wednesday.

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