Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome will not be able to give it a try and add a fifth yellow jersey to his collection this summer. The team boss of the Ineos was on a reconstruction journey before today's time trial at the Criterium du Dauphine, when he crashed at high speed and was injured in an ambulance from the street waiting for an air transport to a local hospital with a suspected fractured femur. "Sounds like he's going to take his hands off his bars just to clean his nose and the winch [took] his front wheel," Brailsford said. "He hit a wall at 60 km / h [36 mph] or something like that. He has a severe fracture and is seriously injured. "Froomes wife Michelle said this morning that the extent of his injuries was not yet clear.
Froome won the Tour in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017, before finishing third behind his teammate Geraint Thomas and runner-up Tom Dumoulin last year. Froome's attempt to keep the record last year was hampered by his decision to contest the Giro d & # 39; Italia when he was investigated for doping allegations. He won the Giro in a breathtaking way and was relieved in his Albuterol case, but when the tour reached the mountains, he was fumigated. With his team a juggernaut of better supportive drivers than any other, Thomas still took Team Sky's sixth yellow jersey in seven years.
Team Sky became Team Ineos this season, and Froome re-scheduled his entire season. He was in shape before his fall in the Dauphine and if he had been healthy in the Tour, he would have been one of the big favorites. Although Thomas won in 2018 and Egan Bernal looked like a future champion, Brailsford claimed that his team would be behind Froome in July. Now it's likely to be Thomas, with Bernal in the old Froome slot, as the miner prepares to win the race when his leader falter. Ineos is perhaps the only team in the peloton strong enough to withstand the loss of a rider as big as Froome.