Brailsford: It's clear that Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France

12 June 2019 02:41
There was no hiding the shock and disappointment outside the Team Ineos bus as Dave Brailsford made his way towards the media scrum to confirm what most people already knew. Chris Froome will not ride this year’s Tour de France. The British rider’s hunt for a record-equaling fifth yellow jersey is over, at least for now. Just a few hours earlier Brailsford had been all smiles when he wheeled to a stop outside the Team Ineos bus after riding the time trial course at the Criterium du Dauphine ahead of his riders. They left soon after, with Froome one of the last to recon the 26.1km course around Roanne. Less than an hour later and news began to emerge of Froome’s crash. Information was patchy at first but the consensus was unanimous – the fall was at high-speed and that the Tour de France was in serious doubt. Brailsford’s body language said it all as he walked towards the microphones and cameras.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s had a bad crash actually. It sounds like he was at the foot of the descent, and it’s obviously very gusty today, and he took his hands off the bars to blow his nose and the wind has taken his front wheel,” Brailsford said. “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, he’s not in hospital yet. He’s just going to get airlifted to a hospital shortly, probably Saint Etienne, maybe Lyon. So, obviously, we’re trying to manage that at the minute and make sure he’s got the best care. In the meantime, we’re obviously thinking about Michelle, his family and everybody else. Making sure that he’s being given the best possible care. “I think in these types of situations it’s what happens in the next hour and a half is crucial so we’ll be on that. In the meantime, we’ve got to keep on racing and I think that’s part of the sport.” You can read more at Cyclingnews.com . read full article

Source: Cycling News