On Thursday, Chris Froome took a fall during a six-hour training ride. The Brit has been at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa preparing for the 2018 season and was lucky to escape with just bruises and road rash.
With an anti-doping case looming over his head after returning an adverse analytical finding for salbutamol, the four-time Tour de France champion and 2018 Vuelta a España winner has been logging huge kilometres in the New Year. Just in the first week of January, Froome logged nearly 32 hours of riding over 1,082 km. Froome continues to prepare for the season despite the anti-doping case looming over his head.
If Froome’s case is not resolved before the start of the season or if he is exonerated, he is scheduled to ride the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France. Froome expressed his intensions of going for the elusive double overall victory not accomplished since 1998 when Marco Pantani did it. Froome currently holds the Tour and Vuelta titles.
Froome posted a photo on his Instagram story showing the damage from the fall. He was left bloodied on the elbow and hip from road rash and abrasions on his shoulder. He was reportedly not seriously injured when he fell and his injuries should not affect his training.
Last year, Froome was rammed off the road in a hit-and-run ahead of the Tour de France while out for a training ride.