It was almost a matter of Froome here to eternity for Chris


It was almost a matter of Froome here to eternity for Chris

After a stomach-churning crash, the Ineos star looks to be out of the race - for good

Tom Cary

Chris Froome’s hopes of securing a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title next month are over, and his chances of ever winning the race again must now be in doubt, after the 34-year-old broke his leg, elbow and ribs in a horrific 65km/h crash before stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine.

Team principal Dave Brailsford confirmed on Wednesday night that Froome had been taken into intensive care and was “not in great shape”. Brailsford said: “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.”

The four-time Tour champion, who had been hoping to draw level with Jacques Anqutetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the joint most successful rider in the race’s 116-year history, smashed into a wall after reportedly taking his hands off his handlebars to “blow his nose” towards the bottom of a descent. ..

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