Froome out of Tirreno-Adriatico race

Britain’s Chris Froome has withdrawn from the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico stage race with a back injury.

The

reigning Tour de France champion

is replaced by Richie Porte, who switches from Team Sky’s Paris-Nice squad for the race, which starts on 12 March.

“Inflammation in my lower back, so I’ll be putting my feet up for a few days on doctors’ orders,”

Froome tweeted. 

“It’s disappointing to miss out on a week of solid racing, but rather safe than sorry at this point.”

Team Sky performance manager Rod Ellingworth added: “This is just a minor setback for Chris and we hope he will get back to full training within a week.

“He’s obviously disappointed to miss Tirreno-Adriatico but we shouldn’t take any chances at this stage of the season.”

Froome, 28, got his season off to a good start with a second successive

victory in the Tour of Oman

in February.

Welshman Geraint Thomas will lead the Team Sky squad in the Paris-Nice stage race which starts on Sunday, 9 March and finishes the following Sunday.

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/26491553

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