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Chris Froome undergoes surgery to remove medical hardware

Road to recovery detours back into operating theatre

Not even two weeks ago, Canadian Cycling Magazine reported that Chris Froome’s road back to racing would get a little rocky as he was scheduled to have surgery in December to remove some stainless steel hardware from the leg and elbow he injured in June’s pre-ride crash at the Critérium du Dauphiné. Apparently, the Brit’s procedure was moved up a bit, as Froome underwent the surgery on Thursday.

He Tweeted a photo of himself recuperating in a hospital bed and looking upbeat on Friday.

Froome hopes to return to the peloton in 2020 fully fit and ready to vie for his fifth Tour de France victory and Tokyo Olympic Games glory.

The Brit was back riding his bike in September. In October Froome scouted the Tokyo road race course before taking part in a 3-km exhibition team time trial with Egan Bernal and Jonathan Castroviejo in Saitama. However, he wasn’t fit enough to contest the Saitama criterium.

Who among Froome, Bernal, Geraint Thomas and Ineos new boy Richard Carapaz will target which Grand Tours is unclear at this point.