Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

14.37 12 Jun 2019


Share this article


Four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome will miss this year's race after crashing at a "recon" ride ahead of today's stage at the Criterium du Dauphine. 

The 34-year-old will now miss the rest of the event, which he was using as the final race in preparation for next month's Tour and was eighth in the general classification after three stages.

Team Ineos chief Dave Brailsford has confirmed that Froome suffered a "very serious accident" and a suspected broken leg.

“It’s a very serious accident. Clearly, he won’t be at the start of the Tour de France. It’ll take quite a long time before he races again.

“He crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed. He hit a wall."

He was airlifted to a local hospital, his team confirmed on twitter this afternoon.

"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."

Froome had been hoping to become just the fifth cyclist to win five Tour de France titles and Brailsford said earlier today that their plan was to back Froome over defending champion Geraint Thomas as their principal rider in this year's race.

"We're going to do all we can to support Chris in his bid to win a fifth Tour, to cement his place in history and join the exclusive club of five-time winners. Sport is full of history and legends. We have to try and do great things, but we also have other riders to manage, too, like Geraint Thomas and Egan Bernal."


Share this article


Read more about

Chris Froome Cycling

Most Popular

Live: Title

Now playing

00:00:00 / 00:00:00
Added to queue
Removed from queue

On Air

Share

Share


Up next

Episode title
Show
Duration

You currently have no podcasts in your queue.

Go to podcasts

On Air

Off The Ball

Off The Ball

13:00-19:00

Share

Up next

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK G...

TALKING HISTORY WITH PATRICK GEOGHEGAN

19:00-20:00

Share

The Barry Egan Tapes

The Barry Egan Tapes

20:00-21:00

Share

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCR...

FUTUREPROOF WITH JONATHAN MCCREA

21:00-22:00

Share

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

THE TOM DUNNE SHOW

22:00-12:00

Share

BEST OF NEWSTALK

BEST OF NEWSTALK

00:00-07:00

Share

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

BREAKFAST BRIEFING

06:00-06:30

Share

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

BREAKFAST BUSINESS

06:30-07:00

Share

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

NEWSTALK BREAKFAST

07:00-09:00

Share

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

THE PAT KENNY SHOW

09:00-12:00

Share

LUNCHTIME LIVE

LUNCHTIME LIVE

12:00-14:00

Share

MONCRIEFF

MONCRIEFF

14:00-16:00

Share

THE HARD SHOULDER

THE HARD SHOULDER

16:00-19:00

Share

00:00:00 / 00:00:00

Share on