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by Mark Zalewski
December 3, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: No more podium girls at Tour Down Under; A review of the professional cyclist union; Froome feared a broken back after Tour crash; Tour de Yorkshire route announced; Kjell Carlström to direct Cycling Academy team; Drapac Pat’s Veg Holistic development team; Holowesko-Citadel team adds four in 2017; Australian women’s Team Roxsolt evolving; No positive doping tests from 2016 Vuelta; Will Routley announces retirement; New research into bike saddles and erectile dysfunction; Cyclist ID law overturned; Riders on the Revolution Cycling Champions League London; Boiler Rollers – Teaser.
Chris Froome spoke for the first time about his injuries from the dramatic crash and subsequent run on stage 12 of the Tour de France, saying that he feared he had broken his back.
The crash heard around the world in the last kilometer of the Mont Ventoux climb: Mollema, Froome, and Porte. Photo: Cor Vos
“Certainly something I haven’t shared, I didn’t share with anyone during the Tour de France or told anyone else this, but during that crash I must have been hit from behind,” Froome said. “I really, really hurt my back, to the extent that I thought I had fractured a vertebrae.”
Froome was speaking during a question and answer session in Jindabyne ahead of the L’Etape race in the Snowy Mountains of Australia.
“The next three or four days I was in quite a bit of pain on the bike and had the time trial coming up straight after that. That was painful. I ended up in hospital a few nights, missed all my massage and physio sessions to go in and get my back scanned to see what was happening because it just wouldn’t settle down.
“After the Olympic Games just before the worlds it started to settle down and thankfully there was nothing seriously damaged.”
The three-time Tour de France winner also answered questions about Australians Michael Mathews and Mathew Hayman, as well as his unique top-tube descending style. “In all seriousness, it’s not something I would recommend people do,” he said.
Click through to read more at the Sydney Morning Herald.