Chris Froome airlifted after 60km per hour Dauphiné crash into wall

Posted on: June 12th, 2019
Chris Froome leads Eddie Dunbar at the recent Tour de Yorkshire. Froome has suffered a very nasty crash and will be out of action for quite some time

Chris Froome needed to be airlifted to hospital after suffering a suspected broken leg during a 60km per hour crash into a wall at Criterium du Dauphiné.

Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford looked shaken when speaking to reporters – video below – after Froome’s crash, saying it had been very serious.

Asked if he had spoken to Froome since the crash, Brailsford said the four-time Tour winner was in no condition to speak to anyone.

He added Chris Froome was not only out of the Dauphiné but was also out of the Tour de France.

The 34-year-old, who was hoping to try for his fifth Tour title next month, crashed during the warm-up for the stage 4 TT in Roanne earlier today.

“He’s had a bad crash actually. It sounds like he was at the foot of the descent; it’s obviously very gusty today,” said Brailsford.

“And it sounds like he taken his hand off the bars to blow his nose and the wind’s taken his front wheel and 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 are) trying to manage that at the minute and make sure he’s got the best care.

“In the meantime (we are) obviously think about Michelle and his family and everybody else and making sure that he’s being given the best possible care.”

However, he added these crashes happened in cycling and Team Ineos needed to “re-purpose very quickly”.

Brailsford explained that one of the race ambulances was parked next to the crash scene and had been able to treat Froome very quickly.

Dave Brailsford looked shaken during interview