Criterium du Dauphine 2019: Britain's Adam Yates takes overall lead

Ruben Hill
June 12, 2019

There won't a be a record-tying fifth yellow jersey for Chris Froome this year.

Chris Froome's hopes of winning a record-equalling fifth Tour de France title have been dealt a major blow after he crashed out of the Criterium du Dauphine and was taken to hospital on Wednesday.

"It's clear he'll take no part in the Tour", Brailsford told French television while four time Tour de France victor Froome was being treated at the scene in a parked ambulance.

Froome's wife Michelle said Froome was involved in a "high-speed crash" while scoping out the route for Wednesday's time trial around Roanne.

"He's hit a wall at 60kph or something like that, he's got a bad fracture, he's badly injured and it sounds like he has a fracture of the femur, to be confirmed".

Taking to Twitter for an official update, his team wrote: 'Team Ineos can confirm that Chris Froome crashed during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today.

Froome would have been trying to join the elite group of cyclists who have won the sport's greatest race five times, but now faces a long spell off the bike as he recovers from what is believed to be a broken leg. "The ambulance came quickly, he's been taken care of and waits for a helicopter to be transferred to Lyon or Saint-Etienne".

However, Froome's participation in the Grand Tour must now be in serious doubt as we await a further update on the severity of his injuries, with the Tour set to start on July 6, less than four weeks away. The British rider was forced to abandon the eight-day Dauphiné tour.

Details of the nature of the injury are yet to be released, but French outlet L'Equipe suggest that the 34-year-old may have sustained a fractured pelvis.

Check back to VeloNews for more details in developing story.

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