Team Ineos reveals full extent of Chris Froome’s serious injuries

Posted on: June 12th, 2019

Chris Froome injuries from Dauphiné crash: Team Ineos has set out the full extent of the damage done to Froome in today’s recon crash. Based on the broken bones – leg, elbow and ribs – it will be quite some time before Chris Froome trains again. It is very doubtful if he will return to competition this year.

Team Ineos has set out the full extent of Chris Froome’s injuries following his crash today warming up for the stage 4 TT at Critérium du Dauphiné.

Froome crashed hard as he neared the end of his recon ride in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes.

And having been treated and examined by local medics a right femur fracture was diagnosed. He has also broken his elbow and some of his ribs.

The team said while he was obviously out of the Dauphiné, Froome would also miss the Tour de France.

Froome’s wife Michelle also used his Twitter account to offer some updates; confirming the crash initially and then saying he would have surgery.

Team Ineos medic Dr Richard Usher has set out in detail the injuries suffered by the four-time Tour winner.

“Chris was taken to Roanne Hospital where initial examinations confirmed multiple injuries, most notably a fractured right femur and right elbow,” Dr Usher said.

“He has also suffered fractured ribs. He is now being airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for further treatment.

“On behalf of the team, I would like to commend the treatment he received from the emergency services and all at Roanne Hospital in assessing and stabilising him.

“We will now turn our focus towards supporting him in his recovery,” he added of Froome’s long road ahead.

Froome had looked very solid during the opening Dauphiné stages. today’s TT would have offered real insight into his condition after a very quiet start to the year

Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford had earlier told reporters he believed Froome had hit a wall at about 60km per hour at the bottom of a descent.

He added it looked like the rider had taken his hands off the bars to blow his nose when a gust of wind caught his front wheel.

Brailsford looked shaken addressing the media a couple of hours after the crash.

But in the team’s update this evening he was bullish about his rider’s ability to come back.

“Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care so he can recover as soon as possible,” Brailsford said.

Dave Brailsford continued: “One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in difficult moments. And we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family.

“Even though we all recognise the risks involved in our sport, it’s always traumatic when a rider crashes and sustains serious injuries.

“Chris had worked incredibly hard to get in fantastic shape. (He) was on track for the Tour, which unfortunately he will now miss.

“One of the things which sets Chris apart is his mental strength and resilience. And we will support him totally in his recovery.

“(We will) help him to recalibrate and assist him in pursuing his future goals and ambitions.”

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