Britain’s four-time champion Chris Froome has been dominated out of the Tour de France after a “very excessive” shatter.
Crew Ineos rider Froome, 34, used to be taken to hospital with a reported damaged femur after crashing sooner than stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine on Wednesday.
“He crashed within the downhill fragment of the path at high bustle. He hit a wall,” crew most fundamental Dave Brailsford told France Televisions. “It’ll utilize somewhat a in point of fact long time sooner than he races all another time.”
The incident took plot at some level of a observe toddle on Wednesday’s 26.1km time-trial path in Roanne, France.
Brailsford acknowledged: “The ambulance came snappy. He’s been taken care of and waits for a helicopter to be transferred to Lyon or Saint-Etienne.
“It be a in point of fact excessive accident. Clearly, he would possibly perchance per chance well presumably merely now not be at the commence of the Tour de France.”
Froome used to be eighth total within the Criterium after three phases of the eight-day poke.
He would were chasing a story-equalling fifth victory within the Tour, which starts in Brussels on 6 July.
Froome went into last year’s poke as popular, preserving all three Wide Tour titles, having acquired the Vuelta a Espana and the Giro d’Italia.
He completed 1/three as crew-mate Geraint Thomas changed into the 1/three Briton to have interaction the poke.