Great Britain's Chris Froome 'ruled out of Tour de France after breaking leg'

Chris Froome will miss Tour de France after breaking his leg on a practice race.

The four-time Tour de France winner was hospitalised and will miss July’s race after a crash, which happened before the fourth stage of the Critérium du Dauphiné.

Froome was believed to be using the eight-day race as preparation for the Tour but reports suggest he has fractured his femur.

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Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Team INEOS (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Christopher Froome of Great Britain and Team INEOS (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

“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,” Sir Dave Brailsford told cyclingnews.com

“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.”

A spokesperson confirmed to Press Association Sport that he had suffered a suspected broken femur and was out of the Tour.

Froome’s wife Michelle said Froome was involved in a ‘high-speed crash’ while scoping out the route for Wednesday’s time trial around Roanne.

Writing on her husband’s Twitter account, she said: “Chris is on his way to hospital after a high speed crash during the route recon earlier this afternoon, injuries are yet to be confirmed.

“I am awaiting information and transport to get to where he is and as soon as we have any information we will update you.”

“Team INEOS can confirm that Chris Froome crashed during a recon of stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine today,” tweeted Team INEOS.

“He is currently on his way to a local hospital and won’t start today’s fourth stage. We will provide a further update in due course.”

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