Wednesday was supposed to be the day that Chris Froome would take over the Critérium du Dauphiné lead after the Stage 4 time trial, but it turned into a disaster for the four-time winner of the Tour de France and Ineos when the Brit fell while doing recon of the course in the morning and broke his leg.
Team INEOS can confirm that Chris Froome crashed during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today.
He is currently on his way to a local hospital and won’t start today’s fourth stage.
We will provide a further update in due course. pic.twitter.com/3x3h5BD5cH
— Team INEOS (@TeamINEOS) June 12, 2019
Air lifted to a Roanne hospital after breaking his femur, Froome will not be racing the Tour de France.
Dave Brailsford just interviewed on French TV and says unfortunately Froome will not be at the start of @LeTour
— Anthony McCrossan (@antmccrossan) June 12, 2019
French newspaper L’Equipe reported that Froome hit a wall in the crash near the end of the 26.1-km route and early on it was suspected that he had suffered a broken pelvis.
Froome’s partner Michelle took over his Twitter account.
Chris is on his way to hospital after a high speed crash during the route recon earlier this afternoon, injuries are yet to be confirmed. I am awaiting information and transport to get to where he is and as soon as we have any information we will update you – MF
— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 12, 2019
Overnight Froome was 24 seconds in arrears of race leader Dylan Teuns along with Michael Woods, Nairo Quintana, Thibaut Pinot and Adam Yates.
It has been a tough year for Team Ineos Grand Tour riders in the team’s first year in its latest incarnation: Egan Bernal suffered a broken collar bone in a training wreck in April that took him out of the Giro d’Italia. Geraint Thomas will now be the race favourite and looking to win his second consecutive yellow jersey.