Chris Froome: Cycling star in intensive care after suffering multiple fractures in high-speed crash

‘a very serious accident’

The four-time champion was taken to hospital following the high-speed crash during the Criterium du Dauphine

Chris Froome is in intensive care in a French hospital following a high-speed crash that saw him hit a wall at 35mph.

The four-time Tour de France winner was airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for surgery after the incident in training ahead of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Froome was preparing for July’s Tour de France

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Froome was preparing for July’s Tour de France

He lost control of his bike in high winds when he attempted to blow his nose and crashed into a wall outside the town of Roanne in the Loire.

He is understood to have suffered a broken femur, a broken elbow and broken ribs.

Froome will definitely miss this year’s Tour de France and faces a long road to recovery.

Team Ineos team principal Sir Dave Brailsford later told Radio 5 Live’s BeSpoke podcast: “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.

“He’s not in great shape. There are crashes and bad crashes and this was a bad crash.”

Rescue workers on the roof of the Centre Hospitalier of Roanne hold up a blanket to screen Chris Froome

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Rescue workers on the roof of the Centre Hospitalier of Roanne hold up a blanket to screen Chris Froome

Froome’s wife, Michelle, confirmed he was undergoing surgery.

“Chris is in surgery at the moment to repair the multiple fractures, please keep him in your thoughts. I hope to be able to share a message from him tomorrow morning,” she tweeted from his account.

Describing the incident, Brailsford said: “He came down a technical descent and on to a straighter piece of road with houses either side. He signalled to Wout that he was going to clear his nose, he took his hand of the bar to do that and a gust of wind took his front wheel, he lost control and went straight into the wall of a house.

“We have had a look at his data, he went from 54km/h to a dead stop.”

Froome was eighth in the overall classification after three stages of the eight-day Criterium du Dauphine race, just 24 seconds behind leader Dylan Teuns.

Froome has won the Tour de France four times, but will not be going for a fifth title this year

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Froome has won the Tour de France four times, but will not be going for a fifth title this year

Froome was using the race as part of his build-up to the Tour de France, which starts on July 6.

Injury also scuppered Froome’s Tour chances in 2014, although on that occasion his hopes ended on stage five of the race itself.

Racing as defending champion, he was forced to pull out following a third crash in two days, suffering a fractured left wrist and right hand.

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