Froome ‘unlikely’ to continue Vuelta

Briton Chris Froome’s participation in the Vuelta a Espana could be over after he said a stage 12 start was “unlikely” following a crash on Wednesday.

The two-time Tour de France winner, 30, hit a barrier at the start of the brutal 11th stage in the Pyrenees.

Froome is now seven minutes 30 seconds behind new leader Fabio Aru, and cast doubt on his participation.

“Further scans [on Thursday] morning but start unlikely as I can’t walk without crutches,” Froome tweeted.

Team Sky rider Froome had been hoping to become only the third man to complete the Tour de France-Vuelta double in the same year.

He started the 138km stage 11 in eighth place, one minute, 18 seconds off the lead,

But after claiming he was “knocked sideways into a barrier and stone wall” his hopes of continuing hang in the balance.

The injury meant Froome limped home almost nine minutes behind the stage winner Mikel Landa from Spain with the Kenyan-born rider later adding: “I did my best to hang in there as best I could with the hope of continuing.”

Ten stages remain of the 21-stage Grand Tour which finishes in Madrid on 13 September.

Chris Froome on Twitter

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/34136338

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