Chris Froome: Briton has successful surgery, says Team Ineos doctor

Chris Froome

Froome is a six-time Grand Tour winner

Chris Froome’s six-hour operation following a high-speed crash on Wednesday has been described as a “success” by his team.

Britain’s four-time Tour de France champion, 34, suffered a fractured right femur, a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs and lost consciousness following the crash.

Froome is awake and doctors are “very happy with his progress”.

Team Ineos said he will remain in hospital for the next few days.

The crash occurred during a practice ride before stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne, France.

Froome took his hand off his handlebars to blow his nose and was travelling at 54km/h when a gust of wind caught his front wheel, causing him to hit a wall.

He was airlifted to St Etienne Hospital for surgery.

“First things first, the surgery was a success,” said team doctor Richard Usher. “The operation, which lasted for six hours, went very well.

“Chris woke up this morning and was reviewed by the intensive care consultants and the orthopaedic specialist who operated on him and they’re both very happy with his progress to date.

“Chris will remain in hospital for the next few days for observation, but he is already actively engaging in discussing his rehabilitation options, which is very encouraging.”

Chief surgeon Remi Philippot told AFP that Froome faces a “long recovery”.

“The surgery was carried out as a semi-emergency to try to avoid any early complications that can develop from that sort of trauma,” he said.

“Now recovery is going to be long. Roughly speaking, you are looking at a minimum of six months out of competition.

“The objective is not just about getting back on the bike, but on rehabilitating himself for the future.

“On a sporting level, he will need to make an exceptional recovery with the mental capacity required to recover and then get fit again.”

Meanwhile, cycling’s governing body the UCI has announced that 2011 Vuelta a Espana champion Juan Jose Cobo had been found guilty of an anti-doping violation.

That could see Froome, who finished second in the race, retrospectively awarded the victory.


BBC Sport’s Jack Skelton

This is a distressing blow for Team Ineos and of course their immediate concern is Froome’s recovery.

But the seriousness of his injuries raises questions over his future and how the team will look to move on from the Froome era.

Even if Froome can return to the top level, the 2020 Tour de France may come too soon and he is out of contract at the end of 2020. He will be 36 by the 2021 edition and only one rider – Firmin Lambot in 1922 – has won the Tour aged over 35.

In the short term it’s simple for Team Ineos. Defending champion Geraint Thomas will be outright leader at this year’s Tour and will have a high-class deputy in Egan Bernal, who was due to lead the team at the Giro d’Italia but broke his collarbone in a training crash.

After that, the team have already sought to secure their future by signing the best young stage racing prospects in Colombian Bernal, compatriot Ivan Sosa, Russia’s Pavel Sivakov and Britain’s Tao Geoghegan Hart. They are also reportedly keen on this year’s Giro winner Richard Carapaz.

Even if Froome never challenges for one again, Team Ineos look well placed to continue their success in Grand Tours.

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Froome in intensive care after high-speed crash

Chris Froome

Froome won the Dauphine in 2013, 2015 and 2016

Britain’s Chris Froome is in intensive care and “not in great shape” after suffering serious multiple fractures in a high-speed crash, his team principal Dave Brailsford told BBC Sport.

Froome took his hand off his handlebars to blow his nose and was travelling at 54km/h when a gust of wind caught his front wheel, causing him to hit a wall.

He was airlifted to St Etienne University Hospital for surgery.

“Time is of the essence in these situations,” said the Team Ineos boss.

The four-time Tour de France champion, 34, has suffered a fractured right femur, a broken hip, a fractured elbow and fractured ribs and lost consciousness following the crash.

Speaking to Radio 5 Live’s BeSpoke podcast, Brailsford said: “He’s been operated on to make sure that first phase of medical care is as optimal as possible and we will manage it from there. It’s an evolving situation. It is concerning, there is no doubt about that.

“He’s not in great shape. There are crashes and bad crashes and this was a bad crash.”

The crash occurred during a practice ride before stage four of the Criterium du Dauphine in Roanne, France, on Wednesday

Froome was riding with Ineos team-mate Wout Poels when he crashed next to a parked ambulance into a house.

Describing the incident, Brailsford said: “He came down a technical descent and on to a straighter piece of road with houses either side. He signalled to Wout that he was going to clear his nose, he took his hand of the bar to do that and a gust of wind took his front wheel, he lost control and went straight into the wall of a house.

“We have had a look at his data, he went from 54km/h to a dead stop.”

Froome would have been chasing a record-equalling fifth victory in the Tour, which starts in Brussels on 6 July, but has been ruled out of the race.

Brailsford said the focus is now on Froome’s recovery and his wife Michelle has been flown to the hospital to be with him.

“Instead of channelling his efforts into the Tour, he will have to channel everything he has got into his recovery,” said Brailsford.

He added: “He had just come back from Tenerife. I have seen how hard he has worked, the amount of sacrifice and effort to try and win that Tour this year. He was really on track, in really good shape and would put final touches on his conditioning and go for the Tour again.”

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Deignan earns first podium since giving birth as Vos leads Women’s Tour

Lizzie Deignan

Lizzie Deignan, here wearing the jersey for the leading British rider, gave birth to daughter Orla eight months ago

Britain’s Lizzie Deignan came second on stage two of the Women’s Tour to secure a first podium since returning to the sport after the birth of her daughter.

Dutch rider Marianne Vos, like Deignan both an ex-world champion and former winner of the Women’s Tour, won a bunch sprint in Kent to take the overall lead and heads Deignan by nine seconds.

Boels-Dolmans’ Amy Pieters sits third overall, equal with Deignan’s time.

“Really happy with my first podium in a long time,” Deignan, 30, tweeted.

“Thanks to my incredible team-mates, they deserved the win but I was not fast enough. Looking forward to the rest of the Women’s Tour.”

The Briton’s Trek-Segafredo team increased the pace as the 62.5km stage edged towards its conclusion, but it was not enough to tire inaugural Women’s Tour winner and three-time world champion Vos after a relentless 25 laps of Kent’s Cyclopark.

Deignan, Women’s Tour winner in 2016, was awarded British Cycling’s Best British Rider jersey and leads 21-year-old Eleanor Dickinson by 13 seconds in that classification.

Wednesday’s 145.1km third stage takes place in Oxfordshire, beginning in Henley-on-Thames and finishing at Blenheim Palace.

Stage two results

1. Marianne Vos (Ned/Ccc – Liv) 1hour 34minutes 17seconds

2. Lizzie Deignan (Gbr/Trek-Segafredo) Same time

3. Sarah Roy (Aus/Mitchelton Scott)

4. Elena Cecchini (Ita/Canyon-SRAM)

5. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar Cylance)

6. Sofia Bertizzolo (Ita/Virtu Cycling)

7. Coryn Rivera (Usa/ Sunweb)

8. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Movistar)

9. Elisa Longo Borghini (Ita/Trek-Segafredo)

10. Liane Lippert (Ger/Sunweb)

General classification

1. Marianne Vos (Ned/Ccc – Liv) 5hours 43minutes 14seconds

2. Lizzie Deignan (Gbr/Trek-Segafredo) +9secs

3. Amy Pieters (Ned/Boels Dolmans) Same time

4. Coryn Rivera (Usa/ Sunweb) +10secs

5. Sarah Roy (Aus/Mitchelton Scott) +11secs

6. Lisa Brennauer (Ger/Wnt Rotor Pro Cycling) Same time

7. Maria Giulia Confalonieri (Ita/Valcar Cylance) +15secs

8. Roxane Fournier (Fra/Movistar) Same time

9. Elena Cecchini (Ita/Canyon-SRAM)

10. Liane Lippert (Ger/Sunweb)

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Criterium du Dauphine: Chris Froome into top 10 as Dylan Teuns wins stage two

Chris Froome

Froome (centre) is a three-time winner of the Criterium du Dauphine

Three-time champion Chris Froome moved up to eighth in the Criterium du Dauphine general classification with fellow Briton Adam Yates in 10th, after stage two was won by Dylan Teuns.

The Belgian edged out Guillaume Martin in a sprint finish on the hilly 180km stage to Craponne-sur-Arzon.

Froome, who recovered from a puncture, finished safely in the chasing pack with Yates, 13 seconds off the leaders.

The two Britons are 24 seconds behind Teuns in the general classification.

Froome, 34, is using the race as part of his build-up to the Tour de France, where he will be chasing a record-equalling fifth victory, and looked in good form on Monday.

Teuns and Martin sprang clear from a breakaway and held off a chasing pack containing many of the overall race favourites, with Froome closing down a couple of late attacks from his fellow general classification riders with ease.

Tuesday’s stage three is a 177km flat route from Le Puy en Velay to Riom.

Stage two results

1. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain-Merida) 4hours 12minutes 41seconds

2. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Wanty – Gobert) Same time

3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana Pro Team) +13seconds

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama – FDJ) Same time

5. Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First)

6. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana Pro Team)

7. Petr Vakoc (Cze/Deceuninck – Quick-Step)

8. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar Team)

9. Wout Poels (Ned/Team INEOS)

10. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton – Scott)

11. Chris Froome (GB/Team INEOS)

General classification

1. Dylan Teuns (Bel/Bahrain – Merida) 7hours 37minutes 3seconds

2. Guillaume Martin (Fra/Wanty – Gobert) +3secs

3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den/Astana) +20secs

4. Alexey Lutsenko (Kaz/Astana) +21secs

5. Nairo Quintana (Col/Movistar) +24secs

6. Michael Woods (Can/EF Education First) Same time

7. Wout Poels (Ned/Team INEOS)

8. Chris Froome (GB/Team INEOS)

9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra/Groupama – FDJ)

10. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton – Scott)

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Criterium du Dauphine 2019: Boasson Hagen wins stage one with Froome in peloton

Edvald Boasson Hagen (left) wins the opening stage, ahead of Team Deceuninck-QuickStep's Phillipe Gilbert (centre) and Wout van Aert of Team Jumbo-Visma

Edvald Boasson Hagen (left) beat Belgian duo beat Phillipe Gilbert and Wout van Aert to win on Sunday

Britain’s Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton on the first stage of the Criterium du Dauphine, an important Tour de France warm-up race.

Team Dimension Data’s Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen, 32, won the lumpy stage from Aurillac to Jussac in a sprint from Phillipe Gilbert, 36.

Gilbert’s 24-year-old fellow Belgian Wout van Aert finished third in France.

Four-time Tour de France champion Froome, 34, has won the eight-stage race three times, the last in 2016.

Defending champion Geraint Thomas, who also went on to win the Tour de France for the first time in 2018, is not taking part in the 2019 Dauphine and will instead continue his Tour preparations at the Tour of Switzerland later this month.

The 180km second stage starts on Monday in Mauriac, taking riders east across central France to Craponne-sur-Arzon.

The race is designed to test the riders on similar terrain to that they will experience during the Tour de France, including Alpine mountains, time-trials and hilly stages.

The Tour de France begins in Brussels on 6 July.

Stage 1 standings

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data) 3 hours 24mins 33secs

2. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step) Same time

3 . Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma)

4. Nils Politt (Ger/katusha-Alpecin)

5. Gregor Muhlberger (Lat/Bora Hansgrohe)

6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain Merida)

7. Jonas Koch (Ger/CCC Team)

8. Alexey Lutsensko (Kaz/Astana)

9. Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)

10. Michal Kwiatowski (Lat/Tream Ineos)

General classification

1. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor/Dimension Data) 3 hours 24mins 23secs

2. Philippe Gilbert (Bel/Quick-Step) + 00:04secs

3 . Wout van Aert (Bel/Jumbo-Visma) +00:06secs

4. Nils Politt (Ger/Katusha-Alpecin) + 00:10secs

5. Gregor Muhlberger (Lat/Bora Hansgrohe) Same time

6. Sonny Colbrelli (Ita/Bahrain Merida)

7. Jonas Koch (Ger/CCC Team)

8. Alexey Lutsensko (Kaz/Astana)

9. Benoit Cosnefroy (Fra/AG2R La Mondiale)

10. Michal Kwiatowski (Lat/Tream Ineos)

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