Chris Froome in 8-hour surgery, two fractures broke skin – French reports

Posted on: June 13th, 2019

 

Chris Froome was in surgey for eight hours and remains in intensive care in hospital in France.

Chris Froome underwent surgery late into last night with the operation taking eight hours, according to a report in respected French newspaper L’Équipe.

The treatment of Froome’s condition has been complicated by the fact two of his broken bones are open fractures.

That means the skin was broken when the bones broke; a serious injury and one that increases the chances of infection.

Some 24 hours after his crash during his recon ride at the Dauphine TT course, Froome (34) remains in intensive care in hospital in Saint-Etienne.

Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford had yesterday said Froome hit a wall at about 60km per hour.

Today L’Équipe has reported his computer was recording a speed of 54km per hour when he crashed.

Chris Froome looked in good condition before his crash. Now aged 34 years he must dig very deep if he is to win another Grand Tour

It appears Chris Froome took his hands off the bars to blow his nose and his front wheel was blown from under him, causing him to hit a low wall.

As well as a fractured femur and elbow on the left side, Froome has also suffered a number of broken ribs.

Considering the nature and extent of his injuries it seems certain he will not race again this year.

His absence from the Team Ineos line-up for the Tour de France is confirmed and it considerably weakens the team.

However, Team Ineos still has defending champion Geraint Thomas in its ranks for next month’s event.

Froome was set to begin the Tour in the same line-up as Thomas and the road would have decided who the leader was.

However, with Froome now out of the picture it will be interesting to see how Team Ineos handles his absence.

For example, it was unclear if Geraint Thomas would now be promoted to outright leader.

It is also possible Egan Bernal would be promoted up into a co-leadership role for the Tour, thus taking the place of Froome.

Thomas has begun to show decent form of late, taking 3rd overall at the Tour de Romandie.

However, he barely raced last year after winning the Tour and has raced very little this season.

Bernal has also had a troubled period; crashing the week before the Giro and breaking his collarbone.

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