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.

Air lifted to a Roanne hospital after breaking his femur, Froome will not be racing the Tour de France.

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.

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.

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